GeoTest gives to Toys for Tots

Thank you to all GeoTest employees for donating to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation.  We are pleased to assist the Toys for Tots organization in helping less fortune youngsters during this Holiday Season.  Happy Holidays Everyone!!

Toys for Tots Picture


Whatcom Middle School – Top ASCE Award

Congratulations to Whatcom Middle School and the entire project team for winning the top ASCE Award.  To read the full article in the Daily Journal of Commerce click here.

GeoTest Hires Geotechnical Engineer

Ed Garcia, P.E., Project Geotechnical Engineer

GeoTest Services, Inc. has hired Edwardo (Ed) Garcia, P.E., as a project geotechnical engineer in the Arlington, WA office.  Mr. Garcia has over 12 years of geotechnical engineering experience and has spent most of his career working on projects in Snohomish, King, Skagit, and Island counties.  He has worked on a wide range of public and private sector projects that have included utility, residential, recreational, commercial, industrial, and municipal developments.

GeoTest specializes in geotechnical engineering, environmental, construction special inspection, and materials testing services.  GeoTest maintains offices and accredited construction materials testing laboratories in Bellingham and Arlington, WA.  Mr. Garcia can be reached at 1-888-251-5276 and would be happy to discuss your project needs.  Additional information can be found at

Amended Soils for Stormwater Treatment


Projects using amended soils in Low Impact Design (LID) storm drainage facilities have become more prominent in recent years.  As with many design elements that have a relatively short history of use, rain gardens and bio-retention facilities using amended soils for treatment of stormwater runoff present challenges to many consultants, regulatory agencies and testing companies.  Some of these challenges are due to changes in the governing municipalities design manual, limited or vague performance criteria, or a lack of empirical data.  GeoTest’s team of Engineers, Geologists and Special Inspectors can help with these challenges.  We have recently participated with several other leading Western Washington consulting firms and the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center in a City of Seattle funded study to develop test methods designed to establish performance and testing criteria for amended soils.

Testing and Inspection services typically associated with Amended Soils include:

  • Subgrade Verification
  • Soil Characterization by Sieve Analysis
  • USDA soil textural analysis
  • Permeability Test (ability of amended soils to infiltrate water)
  • Moisture/Density Relationships (Proctor)
  • Organic Content
  • Moisture Testing
  • In-Place Density of Amended Soil (Compaction Testing)
  • Observation of Installation Methods
  • Cation Exchange Capacity

GeoTest is available to provide consulting services that include sizing, placement, drawings, and cost estimates.  Our diversity of skills allows us to provide a comprehensive approach as a geotechnical consultant and a quality assurance/control specialist.

Give us a call to see how our professionals can assist with your stormwater treatment design needs.  Call us at 888-251-5276, email us at or visit us online at

– The GeoTest Team

John T. Williams Memorial Pole

Several local consulting firms donated services to help place a memorial pole for John T. Williams at Seattle Center.  The 34-foot pole was a gift to the city, carved by Williams’ family and friends.

Click here to read the full article in the Daily Journal of Commerce.

Once Vulnerable, Now Robust – ASCE

Needing to upgrade portions of two critical but deteriorating water transmission pipelines, the City of Everett, Washington, replaced 4,000 linear ft of both pipelines without interrupting service or disturbing the fragile wetlands through wich they pass.  The project also had to contend with such challenges as very soft soils, the presence of a pedestrian bridge and a dike, and the proximity of various pile-supported structures.  To read the full article in the American Society of Civil Engineers click on the below link.

ASCE Civil Engineering Magazine November 2011 Everett Waterline

GeoTest would like to thank the project team members and the great citizens of Everett, WA for making this project possible.

November Monthly Featured Service – CESCL

GeoTest – November Monthly Featured Service

Certified Erosion and Sediment Control
Lead (CESCL)

All of us in the Northwest are accustomed to dealing with rainfall during construction.  What some of us may not be so familiar with are the requirements of the State of Washington Construction Stormwater General Permit.  In order to comply with the Construction Stormwater General Permit, your project must follow the guidelines outlined by the Department of Ecology (DOE) and your project’s Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).  For sites larger than one acre, part of compliance with these guidelines entails the need to have a Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) perform weekly site inspections, sample stormwater runoff and prepare reports for submittal to the DOE.

GeoTest’s CESCL team includes soils professionals with backgrounds in Inspection and Geology as well as a licensed Professional Engineer with experience in Site Development, Erosion Control Design, Storm Drainage Design, Hydrology, Hydraulics, Construction Support, SWPPP preparation and Permitting related to Construction Stormwater.  Our experience and diverse staff gives GeoTest the ability to understand the construction process as it relates to stormwater during the construction phase, from start to finish, helping our clients save time and money.

GeoTest Professional Sampling Stormwater

What can GeoTest provide in terms of CESCL services?

GeoTest can provide any necessary testing and/or monitoring to ensure that your project complies with the CSWGP, project specific SWPPP and any other local jurisdictional standards.  Such services include but are not limited to:

  • Turbidity Monitoring & pH testing
  • Visual site inspections (checking sources of pollutants, monitoring BMP’s, etc.)
  • Review of the project SWPPP and all other stormwater related reports and documentation.  Our goal is to anticipate problems before they become a problem.
  • Compliance with Federal, State and Local guidelines.
  • Complete Inspection and Discharge Monitoring reports to the DOE.
  • Track issues with site specific stormwater and assist with solutions if needed.

Why should I use GeoTest as my CESCL on my project?

GeoTest has extensive experience in compliance with regulations associated with construction stormwater.  Using GeoTest as a third-party to provide CESCL services ensures quality testing and documentation.  GeoTest’s knowledge and experience will help to minimize costs associated with construction stormwater mitigation and will  dramatically reduce the chances of fines resulting from non-compliance.

We clearly understand:

  • Current regulations applicable to construction sites
  • Construction stormwater permitting and reporting processes
  • Environmental impacts of sediment, high pH in stormwater runoff and construction site pollutants.
  • Common conditions on residential, commercial and transportation construction sites as well as complex sites containing sensitive areas such as steep slopes, wetlands, shorelines, streams and geologic hazards.
  • Principal factors affecting erosion: soils geology, weather, topography and vegetation.
  • Effective Best Management Practices that prevent or minimize erosion, trap sediments and control water pollution.
  • How changes to a site during construction will require modification of an original design to ensure compliance with the project’s Construction Stormwater Permit.

GeoTest believes in strong communication between project team members, including engineers, contractors and our client.  It is our goal to provide cost-effective, sound solutions based on scientific principles that ensure compliance, minimize time spent away from actual construction addressing stormwater issues and allow to the team to focus on completing the project at hand.

Where can GeoTest provide CESCL Services?

Throughout the State of Washington.

Can GeoTest provide other Stormwater services?

Yes, GeoTest offers a wide variety of Stormwater services.  To learn more about our Stormwater Department call us at 888-251-5276, email us at or visit us online at our updated website

– The GeoTest Team

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