Drew Lucas

Meet Drew Lucas, Senior Project Manager

Drew Lucas

Prior to working at ONE Environmental Group, Drew Lucas was an actual client of the Richmond-based company. He enjoyed working with the principals so much that he was thrilled to accept a position there in the Eden, North Carolina, office.

“We watch out for each other; we take care of each other,” Drew says. “It’s a family organization, a unique workplace setting that I’ve never experienced anywhere else. We’re a true team with a common goal for our businesses to succeed, and we pride ourselves in giving excellent service to our clients.”

Drew works primarily with Nestlé Purina PetCare’s expansion into Eden with the construction of a $450 million factory expected to open in 2022.  In addition to environmental consulting for the project, Drew is the property manager for the new facility. He also handles all industrial compliance issues.

Admittedly, Drew entered college at Old Dominion University thinking environmental work sounded cool, but then he realized it really was cool. He always wanted to work in business and industry and was fascinated by factories. He’s also driven by a respect and love for nature. “This career combines two things I love — protecting the environment and working with industry and business to help them achieve their goals,” he says.

After completing a master’s program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in environmental health sciences, Drew worked multiple jobs in environmental consulting and engineering prior to starting at ONE in June 2017.

Drew and his wife, Shannon, have two teenage daughters, Abby and Gracie along with their Yorkipoo, two cats and a bird. They enjoy trips to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, along with regular excursions to the Caribbean in a sailing schooner.

Drew Lucas
Brad White

Meet Brad White, PG, Senior Project Manager

Brad White heads the Atlanta office for ONE Environmental Group, where he assists development clients in acquiring and assessing properties from an environmental perspective.

The Professional Geologist guides them through sampling, testing and any regulatory requirements that must be completed, which includes groundwater sampling and interior work.

Brad started at ONE in March 2019 after working for two environmental consulting groups, including GLE Associates in Atlanta, where he was also a senior project manager. The size, culture and, in particular, the flexibility ONE offers appeals to him.

“There’s a lot of mutual understanding and respect for each other,” he said. “We allow each other the freedom to get the job done in a way that allows us to be flexible enough to still tend to family matters.”

Brad grew up in Warm Springs, Georgia, home of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s personal retreat, the Little White House. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Georgia Southern University in 2001 and later a Master of Science in Geology/Earth Science.

Brad’s first job out of college was a golfer’s dream; he was a member of the grounds crew for Augusta National. He enjoys golf himself in addition to mud runs that he credits for keeping him in shape. Brad and his wife, Beth, have three sons, Harris, Joseph, and Luke. They enjoy supporting their boys’ athletic pursuits, which include basketball and baseball. The family also dotes on their senior Jack Russell/Jack Terrier mix, Charlie.

Emily Forbes

Meet Emily Forbes, Project Manager

Emily Forbes works only a few miles from where she grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina.

As a Project Manager for ONE Environmental Group, she likes that she’s able to do a bit of everything, including erosion and sediment control audits for construction sites, due diligence and stormwater pollution prevention and spill control plans. She’s been with the company since 2013.

Emily Forbes

“I’m out in the field one or two days a week, and I love that,” Emily says. “I’ve stayed at ONE because I really like the team. I especially like the leaders. They’re great to work for. The ONE team isn’t just lip service. They really live it.”

An AP environmental science course led her to major in environmental technology and management at North Carolina State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science.

A study abroad program she completed in summer 2011 in Sweden, Finland and Estonia focused on forestry, energy, agriculture and water resources.

Emily never wanted to leave the outdoors as a youngster, growing up with her identical twin sister, Amelia, as her favorite playmate.

She recently discovered cooking as a hobby but spends most of her free time romping outdoors with her black Labrador, Banjo. They enjoy Olmstead Place State Park and Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia. Emily is engaged and planning a fall 2021 wedding.

Meet Kyle Blandford

Meet Kyle Blandford, REM, Project Manager

Meet Kyle Blandford

Outdoors enthusiast Kyle Blandford regards himself as a simple guy who is not a fan of office politics. That’s among the many reasons why he never wants to leave ONE Richmond Group, which he calls “a small company with no headquarters drama. It’s just full of lots of good people.”

The Newport News native earned his bachelor’s in environmental science at the College of William and Mary. He held project management positions for several companies before settling in at ONE in 2012. He manages multiple projects, including due diligence, industrial hygiene and brownfields.

Kyle and his wife, Beth Anne, have two sons, Drew and Eric, and they dote on their rescue dog, Captain. He still takes every opportunity to be outdoors whether it’s for sailing on the Northern Neck, hiking, mountain biking or camping.

Meet Kyle Blandford

Meet Kevin McKeon, Environmental Consultant

Kevin McKeon, Environmental Consultant

Kevin McKeon joined the ONE Environmental Group Norfolk office in February 2020, where he specializes in industrial compliance, erosion and sediment control, industrial stormwater and spill prevention control.

“I really like the flexibility of the company — the work-home balance,” Kevin says. “As long as you take care of what needs to be taken care of, it’s extremely flexible.”

The Richmond native graduated from Bridgewater College with a bachelor’s in environmental science.

The Eagles’ offensive lineman was named an Old Dominion Athletic Conference Academic All-American his senior season.

Kevin and his partner, Molly, have a 9-month-old son, Ronan and a lab mix, Marlow.

He enjoys shore fishing, hiking and living by the water.

Protecting the Fish Communities in the James River

Many of the nation’s industrial systems rely on surface water to cool their equipment — a process that results in billions of gallons of cooling water per day being withdrawn from waterbodies, the James River included.

A provision of the Clean Water Act authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate these cooling water intake structures (CWISs) to minimize fish impingement and entrainment.

ONE Environmental Group Principal Kerry McAvoy collaborated on a fish impingement study on the lower part of the James River over a six-month period.

It’s critical for industry to be in compliance with the EPA requirements in place to protect the fish communities and the waterbody.

“We researched which fish are expected to be in the area, what their swim speeds are, where they spawn, and other ecological parameters to determine the risk of impingement,” she says.

Notably in the James River, the Atlantic sturgeon, a federally endangered species, was a primary concern. Fortunately, due to the size and power of these fish, the likelihood of them succumbing to the velocity from the intake structure is unlikely.

The process fascinated McAvoy, excited to examine fish behavior using underwater acoustic cameras that operate similar to sonar. Essentially, the state-of-the-art technology offered a firsthand glimpse of fish activity around the CWIS to determine if fish were actually being impacted or impinged and if so, how frequently. McAvoy also investigated the benthic habitat of the area, taking note of any biological and ecological stressors.

“The facility we were studying had an abundance of fish activity in the area and very little impingement which shows that there is minimal impact to the fish community from the facility’s surface water withdraw” McAvoy says.

McAvoy was able to witness some intriguing moments throughout the study—including a compelling interaction between fish in which a juvenile fish outsmarted a larger predatory fish.

To determine impingement rates, ONE employee, Jamison Clarke was on site twice a week for a 6-month period to observe and record debris and organisms that are impinged on the traveling screens and the corresponding water quality parameters.  While field work never gets old for the ONE team, it did get hot for this project. The team baked in the Virginia heat on the river during the height of the summer.  “The river is stressed during the hottest part of the year,” she says. “That is also when facilities have to draw the highest volumes of water to cool their industrial processes.”

For two full July days when temperatures soared on the James, the team completed benthic sampling to identify the macroinvertebrate and vegetative communities in the area. They coupled that with a site-specific bathymetric survey and velocity profiling to generate images displaying the topographical features of the river bottom and the spatial velocity profiles in the area of influence of the CWIS.

McAvoy looks forward to more impingement and fisheries biology projects.

“This work is important because these regulations are protective of the water and the fish communities that live there,” she says. “It’s important for facilities that use our natural resources use them responsibly.”