JF Brennan Co., Inc.
Lower Fox River OUs 2-5
What makes it interesting?
The Lower Fox River Project is one of the largest sediment remediation projects in the history of the United States.
How HCSS Software assisted with this project
During the bid process, we utilized HCSS HeavyBid to provide the robust platform necessary to track and manage all of the essential details of this projected 10-year project. Additionally, HeavJob is utilized for all day-to-day tracking, budgeting, and payroll processing operations, which encompass over 80 employees and literally hundreds of pieces of equipment. It provides simple and accurate method for information to be collected in the field and transferred back to our headquarters.
The nature of the work and complexity of operations for the Lower Fox River Projectdefinitely qualifies it to be considered HCSS’ Most Interesting Project. Beginning in the spring of 2006, JFB — alongside a multitude of specialized contractors — have been performing the remediation of the Lower Fox River OUs 2-5 in northeast Wisconsin. The project footprint extends approximately 17 miles from the small town of Little Rapids to the Bay of Green Bay.
The banks of the Fox River once contained the largest collection of paper mills in the world. From 1957 through 1971, these operations inadvertently discharged 25,000 pounds of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) into the river, which is now classified as a Superfund cleanup site. Additionally, the Lower Fox River is home to one of the largest walleye fisheries in the country. Currently, a fish consumption advisory is listed for many of the fish species, including the walleye, which presents an even greater need for the work to be completed properly and in a timely fashion.
For the past seven seasons, JFB has been performing hydraulic dredging, subaqueous cap and cover placement, debris removal, and demolition on the Lower Fox River. Project highlights include: hydraulically-pumped contaminated sediments over 10 miles from the southern extents of the project to the processing facility (a total of nine booster pump stations were utilized); more than 3.4 million cubic yards of PCB impacted sediment removed from the river to date; 440 acres of sand cover and 101 acres of aggregate caps subaqueously placed; seven vessels regarded historically significant removed and documented; a vehicle found during the use of multi-beam survey (the vehicle was later removed from the river and closed a case on a stolen vehicle some 40 years old); demolition of an inactive railroad bridge; nearly 600,000 safe work hours from the start of work to date without a lost-time incident.