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3843 Brickway Blvd.
Santa Rosa
CA, 95403
United States
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707-546-9461
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Jonathan Meronek

At the Forefront of Sustainable Environmental Solutions for over 40 Years

Welcome to SCS Engineers, an award winning environmental consulting and contracting firm serving public and private clients across the nation and around the world.

Since our founding in 1970, SCS Engineers continues to provide quality professional services directed toward environmental protection and conservation of resources. In response to client demand SCS has grown nationwide serving an increasing number of private and public sector entities. SCS strives for superior quality, responsiveness and integrity that our clients and our staff depend upon. We share our knowledge and our innovations with the industries we serve.  We treat our client's challenges as if they were our own. We diligently work to prevent, mitigate and remediate environmental events, and use our environmental regulatory systems knowledge to help shorten project timelines and stay on budget. 

Ownership Makes a Difference!

At SCS Engineers, we know that Wineries can face a vast array of environmental compliance challenges including:

  • Water Quality - Stormwater, Wastewater, Groundwater, Well-water and Surface Water;
  • Air Quality - Winery Fermentation and Aging Emissions, including VOCs, Stationary-Traditional Combustion Sources, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions; 
  • Environmental Due Diligence -All Appropriate Inquiries, Phase I's/Phase II's, Environmental Compliance Reviews and Audits,Vapor Encroachment and Vapor Intrusion Studies
  • Hazardous Materials - California Unified Program Agency Requirements including Hazardous Materials Business Plans (HMBPs), Spill Control and Countermeasure Plans (SPCCs), and Hazardous Materials Inventories;
  • Sustainable Materials -Recycling, Reuse and Repurposing of Materials;
  • Waste: Organic, Solid, Hazardous and other Waste;
  • Geographic Information Services (GIS) -Spatial Databases; GPS Inventories, plots, varietal blocks and soils maps, vineyard development; and
  • Occupational Safety and Health -  Facility Health and Safety Plans, Safety and OSHA Compliance Audits, Injury and Illness Prevention Programs.

Our professional staff are located according to their knowledge of regional and local geography, regulatory policies and industrial or scientific specialty. SCS professionals are available as technical experts and have been admitted as expert witnesses and supported legal counsel in a variety of environmental and regulatory litigation matters.

Our environmental engineering and consulting work is enhanced by the specialized in-house groups below that support a wide range of full-service environmental solutions. Full service provides added value for our clients.

Stormwater, Wastewater, Surface Water, Groundwater, and Air Quality Compliance Experts

Stormwater:

The new NPDES Industrial General Stormwater Permit (IGP), applies to Winery Facilities under the SIC code of 2084 (Wines, Brandy and Brandy Spirits). To help navigate the Clean Water Act (CWA) and regulatory maze including Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) and No Exposure Certifications (NECs), SCS Engineers has two dedicated State of California IGP Trainers-of-Record (ToR), Mr. Jonathan Meronek of Northern California, and Cory Jones of Southern California.  As ToRs, they support and manage a wide array of IGP dischargers, including permitting and compliance for wineries, across the State of California and beyond. They also host training classes for Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practitioner (QISP) Training Courses. Fewer than 175 individuals have earned this professional certification.

Construction activities that disturb more than one acre of soil require a NPDES Construction General Permit (CGP). These permits are provided by the US EPA, or by state environmental agencies. To comply, the permittee must submit fees and permit-required documentation to the jurisdictional authority.  SCS Engineers also has several Qualified Stormwater Practioners (QSPs) and Qualified SWPPP Developers (QSDs) to perform services under the Construction General Permit throughout the country who are available to assist you in meeting your CGP compliance needs. We can provide SWPPP development, including erosion and sediment control plans, monitoring, and assistance with permitting authorities.

Our services include:

  • Preparation and renewal of National Pollutant Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater discharge permit applications, including individual permits and general permits.
  • Preparation of “No Exposure” certifications, and assistance identifying and implementing facility modifications to achieve No Exposure status
  • Stormwater sampling, analysis, and reporting via the Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) program
  • Preparation and implementation of Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWP3 and SWPPP)
  • Design and implementation of Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) to meet BCT/BAT Water Quality Objectives
  • Stormwater Training
  • Remote Monitoring and Telemetry
  • Comprehensive annual stormwater evaluations and quarterly inspections
  • Assistance responding to effluent limitation and benchmark monitoring exceedances
  • Stormwater compliance assessments
  • Evaluation, selection, design, and implementation of retrofits to maximize stormwater infiltration and minimize runoff; e.g., as required by Maryland state stormwater management and Chesapeake Bay Restoration programs.

eTools Platform

SCS Engineers also has developed its own eTools Platform whereby optimizing data collection for stormwater programs can be accomplished with cutting-edge technology, such as using a smartphone or app. Accordingly, SCS Engineers has developed a user-friendly app that can be used on multiple devices and operating systems (iPhones, iPads, Android, tablets, etc.).  Called SCS eTools, the app consists of a series of forms for documenting water quality- and quantity-related field observations. It includes dry-weather and wet-weather observation forms with inputs for discharge estimations, in-situ pH and temperature readings, GPS location, time stamping, automated error checking, and photo capture.

Wastewater/Groundwater:

The Regional Water Boards across California have or are in the process of adopting General Waste Discharge Requirements (WDR), for discharges to waters of the State (including groundwater) that are not subject to the Clean Water Act. This includes winery wastewater systems (General Permits for Wineries).  Parties discharging wastewater into the ground, which affects groundwater (i.e. through the use of wastewater retention ponds etc) must obtain WDRs from the Regional Boards.  In the past, the Regional Water Boards have issued individual WDRs for winery wastewater treatment and disposal systems that utilize surface treatment and/or disposal of wastewater, while subsurface disposal systems were generally issued waivers of WDRs. Recent changes in state law limit the use and applicability of such waivers. An increasing number of wineries are being proposed and constructed within California and navigating the compliance burden of WDRs is not easy. SCS Engineers can provide support, sustainable and feasible solutions for your WDR requirements. Many older wineries have individual WDRs that are out of date and need to be renewed. Therefore, the use of General WDRs is the best method to ensure increased water quality protection, uniformity, and regulatory efficiency.

SCS Engineers has also performed numerous Water Well Assessments, Potential Contaminating Activies (PCA) Inventories and Groundwater Vulnerability/Assessment Reports under the California Department of Drinking Water (DDW).

Surface Water

SCS Engineers provides engineering analysis and design to support watershed restoration and aquatic species management. We have a multidisciplinary staff with backgrounds in civil and environmental engineering, hydrology, river hydraulics, fluvial geomorphology, sediment transport, and fisheries ecology. Our services include topographic and geomorphic mapping, developing engineering design plans and specifications, and providing construction management and inspection.SCS provides a full array of Surface Water of flood control consulting experience, including: Hydraulics and Hydrology Reports, Storm Drain Master Plans, Hydromodification Management Reports, Fluvial Geomorphological Investigations, Design of Culverts, Ecological Based Flood Control Channels, Detention/Retention Basins, Infiltration Trenches, Basins, Wells, and Levees.

SCS provides a full array of flood control consulting experience, including: Hydraulics and Hydrology Reports, Storm Drain Master Plans, Hydromodification Management Reports, Fluvial Geomorphological Investigations, Design of Culverts, Ecological Based Flood Control Channels, Detention/Retention Basins, Infiltration Trenches, Basins, Wells, and Levees.

 

Process Safety Management (PSM) and Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations

 

 SCS professionals are RETA certified personnel (CARO and CIRO) to help facilities with compliance audits, SOP certifications, operating training, and revalidation studies required by the Process Safety Management (PSM) and Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations. Our team is also well-versed in state-run programs such as the California Accidental Release Prevention (CalARP) Program.

Air Quality
 

SCS Engineers is a leader in providing air quality services. We offer a wide variety of services to meet our clients’ air compliance and permitting needs. Our staff consists of professional engineers, chemists, scientists, and technicians experienced in understanding regulatory requirements, solving environmental problems, and providing innovative solutions. Our professionals have years of proven experience in environmental and risk management compliance services for CAA initiatives, including:

 Permitting Support

  • New Source Review (NSR) and Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) applicability reviews and air permitting
  • Title V and state operating permits, including renewals and modifications
  • Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT)/Best Available Control Technology (BACT)/Lowest Achievable Emission Rate (LAER) analyses
  • Minor source construction permitting
  • Ambient air dispersion modeling analysis
  • Air emissions inventories
  • Ambient air monitoring
  • Permit negotiations

Compliance Assistance

  • Greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, verification services, permitting, and compliance
  • GHG Reporting Rule plan development/monitoring/reporting
  • Section 114 information request assistance
  • NSPS/National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)/Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) applicability determinations and compliance
  • NSPS/NESHAP compliance reporting
  • Compliance assistance database development
  • Title V compliance reporting
  • Air compliance audits
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) air quality and GHG assessments
  • Annual emission inventories and reporting
  • Custom emissions tracking tool development
  • Risk management planning
  • Air toxics risk assessment
  • Regulatory advocacy for air quality and landfill gas (LFG) issues
  • Litigation support and expert witness services

Performance Testing

  • Air quality monitoring
  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) surveys
  • Performance testing planning, preparation, oversight and reporting
  • Gas monitoring/sampling
  • Visible emissions observations
  • Atmospheric tracer studies
  • Numerical model validation
  • Fugitive odor testing and evaluation

 Design

 LFG system engineering design and utilization studies

  • Design, permitting, operations, and construction of LFG-to-energy (LFGE) and LFG control facilities
  • Air pollution control equipment evaluation and design, including source testing and field monitoring
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) design and support services

 Control Technology Analysis

  • Contractor and vendor prequalification
  • Performance specification and bid document preparation
  • Bid package review and recommendation

 Because of our extensive Air Quality compliance experience, SCS is well-positioned to perform additional services for your winery that may be required as new air quality regulations are issued in the years ahead.

Environmental Due Diligence

SCS Understands that a Winery's commercial real estate transactions must take environmental issues into consideration. Complex laws can impose significant environmental liabilities on purchasers, sellers, and lenders, whether or not they caused the problem, and whether or not they still own the property.  SCS Engineers offers a full complement of environmental due diligence services, including:

 

  • Phase I Environmental Site Assessments
  • All Appropriate Inquiries
  • Phase II Site Investigations
  • Remediation Design, Construction, and Operations and Maintenance
  • Environmental Desktop Reviews and Transaction Screen Assessments
  • Environmental Compliance Reviews and Audits
  • Vapor Encroachment and Vapor Intrusion Studies
  • Due Care and Continuing Obligations Planning and Implementation

SCS Engineers employs experienced, qualified staff across the country who have provided AAI services on literally thousands of projects. We have evaluated nearly all property types and uses over the past 30 years – long before the advent of the ASTM Phase I standard and since the beginning of CERCLA.

 

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

SCS Engineers has provided large and small project GIS support for a wide array of public and private clients across several sectors, including wineries, municipalities and EPA Watershed assessments. 

WInery wastewater and stormwater compliance can be daunting...

The Antidote: SCS Engineers Can Help!!

SCS has two State of California Industrial General Permit Qualified Stormwater Practioner (QISP) Trainers of Record (ToR):

The Northern California Wine Regions: Mr. Jonathan Meronek and

Southern California Wine Regions: Mr. Cory Jones

We also have our Northern California Surface Water Expert, Mr. Paul Wisniewski.

Mr. Wisniewski is a geomorphologist and State of California PG.

Please contact us for any of your Stormwater needs including SWPPPs, Pollutant Source and BMP Assessments, Reporting, Lab and Analytical Coordination, the dedicated stormwater team is here to help with all of your IGP and/or WDR and Water Quality concerns.

Jonathan J. Meronek (707) 546-9461


News Archive


Stormwater Deadline is Jan. 1st for ERA Level 1 Reporting
12 December, 2016

With January 1st, 2017 rapidly approaching, Wineries which had NAL Exceedances over the benchmark limits must file an ERA Level 1 Report and Update their SWPPP.

Please contact us for any of your Stormwater needs including SWPPPs, Pollutant Source and BMP Assessments, Reporting, Lab and Analytical Coordination, the dedicated stormwater team is here to help with all of your IGP and/or WDR and Water Quality concerns.

It is our pleasure to continue to help the Wine Industry for all their Environmental Compliance- We treat our Client’s challenges as if they were our own.

We are an Employee-owned company and Ownership Makes a Difference.

Call us today at 707-546-9461 or via our Contact Page.


Only 7 Days Left!! Industrial General Permit Deadlines for No Exposure Certification or QISP ERA Level 1 Assessment
23 September, 2016

Wineries subject to the Industrial General Permit have until October 1st to submit their "No Exposure" Recertification.

It is essentially an 11-point checklist done via SMARTs.

If the winery by way of sampling is over the Numeric Action Limits (NALs) for the past stormwater year, a QISP must prepare and perform an ERA NAL Level 1 Assessment by October 1st and submit a technical Report by January 1, 2017.

We can help! Call Jonathan at 707-228-6197 for a complimentary Site walk and SWPPP Review.


Time Is Now for Industrial General Permit Stormwater ERA Level 1 Reporting
29 August, 2016

If you have coverage under the State Industrial General Permit and by way of Numeric Action Limit (NAL) Exceedances, you must have a Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practioner (QISP) prepare an assessment before Oct. 1st, and an ERA Technical Report by January 1st, 2017. Why wait?...the time is now.. and what better time to assess and address BMPs then right before the new wet season.

Need help with stormwater and/or waste water requirements? SCS Engineers can assist, including a free Site visit if needed. We currently assist Napa and Sonoma Counties with Environmental Compliance.  We are an employee owned company and Ownership Makes a Difference!  Please call SCS Engineers at their Northern California Office, 707-546-9461, it would be our pleasure to work with you, whatever you may need.


Crush Is On! High Waste-Water Load During the Vintage?
16 August, 2016

Wastewater and Stormwater Management: Wineries generally have two distinct seasons: vintage and non-vintage, with a much higher waste-water load during the vintage or "crush" season.  Lees, which remain after clarifying wine rfrom settling or centrifugation (consisting of yeast, sediment, bacteria, grape pulp, etc.), can have high COD/BOD and TSS concentrations;  pH of winery waste can also vary based on activities occurring at the winery.  Generally, the waste is slightly acidic, with a pH of 6.5 to 6.9, but can vary from slightly acidic (5.0 pH) to significantly basic (10.0 pH) during Crush and cleaning operations.

In reality, the seasons generally overlap one another, and a winery moves from crush-centic activities to more typical fermentation activities, but pollutants can occur year around.

Now is a good time to review your Best Management Practices (BMPs) in regards to your Facility operations, including your diversion of process or wastewater, especially heading into late September and October, when stormwater season begins to rear it's wet and sometimes ugly head.

Need help with stormwater, waste-water/waste discharge requirements? SCS Engineers can assist, including a free Site visit if needed. We help currently assist Regional Wineries with Environmental Compliance accross air, water and soil media, and treat our clients problems as if they were our own.

Please call SCS Engineers at their Northern California Office, 707-546-9461, it would be our pleasure to speak with you, whatever you may need.


Besides Grapes, Water Is the Second Most Important Ingredient in Wine
03 August, 2016

It’s not just that we like wine and happen to live and work in every wine producing region of the U.S.; SCS Engineers understands the need for clean water resources and how important they are to the wine industry and for agriculture in general. SCS helps wineries face an array of environmental and regulatory challenges including:

  • Energy and natural resources conservation programs. These programs include protecting habitats and species.
  • Water Quality – Stormwater, Wastewater, Groundwater, Well-water and Surface Water;
  • Air Quality – Winery Fermentation and Aging Emissions, including VOCs, Stationary-Traditional Combustion Sources, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions;
  • Environmental Due Diligence -All Appropriate Inquiries, Phase I’s/Phase II’s, Environmental Compliance Reviews and Audits, Vapor Encroachment and Vapor Intrusion Studies
  • Hazardous Materials – For example in California, the California Unified Program Agency Requirements including Hazardous Materials Business Plans (HMBPs), Spill Control and Countermeasure Plans (SPCCs), and Hazardous Materials Inventories;
  • Sustainable Materials -Recycling, Reuse, and Repurposing of Materials;
  • Waste: Organic, Solid, Hazardous and other Wastes;
  • Geographic Information Services (GIS) -Spatial Databases; GPS Inventories, plots, varietal blocks and soils maps, vineyard development; and
  • Occupational Safety and Health – Facility Health and Safety Plans, Safety and OSHA Compliance Audits, Injury and Illness Prevention Programs.

SCS Engineers offers sustainable environmental solutions to businesses with environmental challenges. SCS provides these services to private and public sector clients through a network of nationwide offices.

 

For more information about SCS, please visit our website at www.scsengineers.com or contact:

Jonathan J. Meronek 

JMeronek@SCSEngineers.com

Office: 707-546-9461

Cel: 707-228-6197




Now is the time! Update your Winery SWPPP and Revised BMPs if needed.
18 July, 2016

The Antidote: SCS Can Help!!

SCS has two State of California Industrial General Permit Qualified Stormwater Practioner (QISP) Trainers of Record (ToR):

The Northern California Wine Regions: Mr. Jonathan Meronek and

Southern California Wine Regions: Mr. Cory Jones

Please contact us for any of your Stormwater needs including SWPPPs, Pollutant Source and BMP Assessments, Reporting, Lab and Analytical Coordination, the dedicated stormwater team is here to help with all of your IGP and/or WDR and Water Quality concerns.

It is our pleasure to continue to help the Wine Industry for all their Environmental Compliance.

We treat our Client’s challenges as if they were our own.

We are an Employee-owned company and Ownership Makes a Difference.

Call us today at 707-546-9461 or via our Contact Page.


Only 10 Days Left! Industrial Stormwater/SWPPP/Annual Reporting
05 July, 2016

10 days left to submit your Facility's IGP Stormwater Annual Report which includes:

-The Annual Comprehensive Facility Compliance Evaluation (ACFCE) which includes checking the Monthly BMP and NSWD inspections, and

-The Annual Report which includes the Ad Hoc Reporting for the current Stormwater year Due on July 15th, 2016

The Antidote: SCS Can Help!!

SCS has two State of California Industrial General Permit Qualified Stormwater Practioner (QISP) Trainers of Record (ToR):

The Northern California Wine Regions: Mr. Jonathan Meronek and

Southern California Wine Regions: Mr. Cory Jones

Please contact us for any of your Stormwater needs including SWPPPs, Pollutant Source and BMP Assessments, Reporting, Lab and Analytical Coordination, the dedicated stormwater team is here to help with all of your IGP and/or WDR and Water Quality concerns.

It is our pleasure to continue to help the Wine Industry for all their Environmental Compliance.

We treat our Client’s challenges as if they were our own.

We are an Employee-owned company and Ownership Makes a Difference.

Call us today at 707-546-9461 or via our Contact Page.


Stormwater, SWPPPs and Reporting, IGP upcoming deadlines
30 June, 2016

Upcoming Stormwater and SWPPP required reporting includes:

○ The Annual Comprehensive Facility Compliance Evaluation (ACFCE) which includes checking the Monthly BMP and NSWD inspections, and

○ The Annual Report which includes the Ad Hoc Reporting for the current Stormwater year Due on July 15th, 2016

The Antidote: SCS Can Help!!

SCS has two State of California Industrial General Permit Qualified Stormwater Practioner (QISP) Trainers of Record (ToR):

The Northern California Wine Regions: Mr. Jonathan Meronek and

Southern California Wine Regions: Mr. Cory Jones

Please contact us for any of your Stormwater needs including SWPPPs, Pollutant Source and BMP Assessments, Reporting, Lab and Analytical Coordination, the dedicated stormwater team is here to help with all of your IGP and/or WDR and Water Quality concerns.

It is our pleasure to continue to help the Wine Industry for all their Environmental Compliance.

We treat our Client’s challenges as if they were our own.

We are an Employee-owned company and Ownership Makes a Difference.

Call us today at 707-546-9461 or via our Contact Page.