DEP Southeast District Presents Superior Excellence Distinction Award to AECOM and Sevenson Environmental Services, Inc.

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DEP Southeast District Presents Superior Excellence Distinction Award to AECOM and Sevenson Environmental Services, Inc. 

~Outstanding environmental practices highlighted during Southeast District Open House~

SED Open House

Pictured from left to right: Vic Kamath, AECOM Regulatory Liaison; District Director Jennifer Smith; Dan Levy, AECOM Vice President; and Babu Madabhushi, AECOM Project Manager. 

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Today, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Southeast District recognized AECOM and Sevenson Environmental Services, Inc. for their outstanding environmental stewardship and their exemplary commitment to improving the Wagner Creek waterways in Miami-Dade County.

“On behalf of DEP, I am thrilled to recognize AECOM and Sevenson Environmental Services, Inc. for coming up with a dredging solution to a decades-long environmental problem. Dredging was needed to remove contaminated sediments in Wagner Creek and the Seybold Canal and to restore the drainage features of these waterways. These companies worked collaboratively to implement an innovative solution that yielded a significant achievement,” said Jennifer Smith, director of DEP’s Southeast District. “AECOM and Sevenson Environmental Services, Inc. helped the city of Miami meet their project goals.”

Representatives from AECOM were on hand to accept the award. “The logistical challenges for this project were substantial, including a direct hit from Hurricane IRMA (Category 4 Hurricane). The unique design of our dredge equipment and use of aqua dams were effective and provides a new and innovative solution that can be used for other dredging projects. When we help the environment a little bit- it’s amazing how nature revives itself- these waterways are now healthier. We’re seeing more manatees up stream and people are now able to really see the beauty of this area,” said Dan Levy, AECOM Vice President.  

“The restoration of Wagner Creek and the Seybold Canal is indeed a major milestone for the city of Miami as we work to be a Future City. It is a true example of our commitment to resilience and environmental stewardship,” said City Manager Emilio Gonzalez. “The will of our elected officials, the leadership and skill of our Capital Improvements staff, and the commitment of all our project partners are helping to build a stronger Miami.”

The award was presented during the district’s annual open house aimed at growing the community’s awareness of the agency’s mission, increasing communication and developing collaborative relationships with the community. Southeast District staff enjoyed welcoming customers and stakeholders throughout the region to the open house. Over 275 people attended representing local government, industry, utilities and more. Guests were invited to meet the district’s leadership and staff. Permitting and compliance experts from each of the district's regulatory programs – waste, air, water and environmental resources – were on hand to answer questions and provide information about their respective programs.

The Southeast District’s Superior Excellence Distinction Award Program was developed to support DEP’s vision of creating strong community partnerships, safeguarding Florida’s natural resources and enhancing its ecosystems.