WRScompass Receives Environmental Business Journal Award for Kissimmee River Project

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WRScompass has been awarded an Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) award for work completed on the Kissimmee River Restoration Contract 13B Reach 4 Backfill (KRR#13 Backfill) Project. Rich Santello, President of WRScompass, will accept the EBJ award at an industry ceremony at the Environmental Industry Summit VIII in Coronado, California.

WRScompass, a 25-year-old environmental, geotechnical and civil construction company headquartered in Tampa, Florida, has been awarded an Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) award for work completed on the Kissimmee River Restoration Contract 13B Reach 4 Backfill (KRR#13 Backfill) Project. Rich Santello, President of WRScompass, accepted the EBJ award at an industry ceremony at the Environmental Industry Summit VIII in Coronado, California on Thursday, March 3rd.

"We are honored to receive this award from the Environmental Business Journal," says Rich, "The Kissimmee River Restoration project is important for our environment, country and especially Floridians and we are proud to have participated and completed the project well ahead of schedule and under budget."

The Kissimmee River Restoration project in its entirety is intended to restore over 40 square miles of river and floodplain ecosystem including 43 miles of meandering river channel and 27,000 acres of wetlands. Goals of the restoration project are to restore the ecological integrity of the damaged ecosystem by re-establishing historic hydrologic conditions to recreate the historical river/floodplain connectivity, the mosaic of wetland plant communities, and the river's biological diversity and functionality. Restoration efforts will re-establish an environment conducive to the fauna and flora that existed prior to the channeling efforts in the 1960s.

On December 18, 2009 WRScompass completed the KRR#13B Backfill contract, managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District, in partnership with the South Florida Water Management District, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and Florida Fish and Wildlife. Our project team, led by Senior Project Manager Hank Yuan, consisted of nearly forty heavy equipment operators, off-road dump truck drivers and construction staff from WRScompass. They completed the project 14 months ahead of the estimated deadline at only 34% of original engineering estimates.

"It is amazing to see the immediate effects the restoration of water quality has brought to the river's flora and fauna, not to mention the variety of bird species which have returned to the area. It is truly a testament to the importance of the Kissimmee restoration in its entirety," states the company's CEO, Kathleen Shanahan.

Additional to these achievements, the USACE Jacksonville District office recognized the WRScompass team for completing the work period of May 2008 through April 2009 with Zero Lost Time Accidents by awarding WRScompass the Safety Pays Award.

For More information about WRScompass, Please Visit http://www.wrscompass.com

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