Each year the Environmental Business Journal®* (EBJ) and Climate Change Business Journal (CCBJ), business research publications that provide strategic business intelligence to the environmental industry, recognize outstanding business performance in the environmental industry with its Business Achievement Awards. Trihydro Corporation (Trihydro) has been recognized in four award categories for 2021:
Business Achievement: Mergers & Acquisitions
Trihydro received the Mergers & Acquisitions Business Achievement Award for its May 2021 acquisition of Jacobson James & Associates (JJ&A), a California-based firm founded in 2004. The acquisition enhanced Trihydro’s core service areas of complex environmental clean-up, stormwater, hazardous materials management, natural resource permitting, and regulatory strategy development, while adding new service areas such as forest resiliency planning, biomass management, and post-fire restoration.
With the acquisition, Trihydro added two new office locations (Roseville and Arcata, California), for a total of 21 offices nationwide. The expanded business is now comprised of over 500 professionals dedicated to providing quality environmental and engineering services to clients and communities throughout the country.
Business Achievement: Project Merit
EBJ’s Project Merit Award recognizes projects featuring innovative approaches and/or unique solutions or partnerships that were completed in 2021. EBJ recognized Trihydro for its Treviño Mine project near Laredo, Texas, which began in 2007 and achieved final bond release on July 2, 2021. Final bond release is rare in Texas; this is the seventh Texas mine to achieve final bond release in the last 30 years (Trihydro coordinated final bond release for the Palafox Mine in 2019).
The property has been returned to the landowner for recreation and wildlife habitat, which includes wetlands, ponds, streams, pastures, and outcrops. The reclaimed mine meets or exceeds pre-mine conditions for water and soil quality as well as vegetation diversity. Many species now call the former coal mine home, including whitetail deer, bobcat, bobwhite quail, Texas tortoise, Rio Grande turkey, blue indigo snake, and migratory birds.
Business Achievement: Industry Leadership
Companies are selected to receive EBJ’s Industry Leadership Award based on their active leadership in national, state, or local issues impacting policy, programs, or funding to support environmental industry growth and heighten awareness of key environmental issues.
Trihydro received the Industry Leadership Business Achievement Award for its involvement with NORA, a national trade association representing liquid recycling companies. Trihydro has been active with NORA since 2011, supporting the re-refining, recycling, and wastewater industries on regulatory, technical, and strategic issues. In 2019, Trihydro’s Industrial, Commercial, and Energy Services Business Unit Leader, Gary Risse, became the President of NORA’s Board of Directors. In addition to working directly with NORA, Trihydro assists NORA members across the US and Puerto Rico with a variety of environmental projects.
Business Achievement: Practice Development in Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience
Trihydro was recognized for its resource resiliency practice area growth, including work focused on forest health. For example, in 2021, Trihydro completed the Power Fire Fuel Reduction Strategic Plan on behalf of the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association. The Plan provides landscape-scale area prioritization and fuel load reduction recommendations for around 17,000 acres of the El Dorado National Forest in the 2004 Power Fire burn area.
The 2021 EBJ and CCBJ awards will be formally presented on March 16-18, 2022, in San Diego, California.
* Environmental Business Journal® provides strategic information and market forecasts for executives involved in 13 business segments, including environmental consulting & engineering, remediation, water & wastewater, air quality & pollution control, hazardous waste, instrumentation, pollution control equipment, waste management, resource recovery, solid waste management, renewable energy and environmental information systems.