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Zia Supports Navy “Next Generation” Requirements
Zia’s “SeaPort Next Generation” (NxG) contract for Engineering and Program Management services provides the capability for nationwide support to the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and other major Navy systems commands. A “streamlined” version of Zia’s two previously awarded SeaPort-e contracts SeaPort NxG reduces administrative overhead and provides rapid online turnaround support to customers in 23 technical support areas.

Zia has a 14-year history of support to Navy weapons test programs and activities at the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR). These programs are administered by the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Port Hueneme, White Sands Detachment which is a Naval Sea Systems Command Activity. Programs Zia has supported include the latest generation of Navy surface to air missiles, hypervelocity gun systems, and directed energy weapons. The current NxG contract performance period extends through 2024 with an additional 5-year option.

For more information and to discuss opportunities using Zia’s SeaPort NxG vehicle or to join our team please see: http://ziaeec.com/SeaPort-NxG.aspx

eFASTProvides Rapid Support Capability to the FAA
Zia’s eFAST Master Ordering Agreement (MOA) contract vehicle with the Federal Aviation Administration provides rapid support capability to meet FAA requirements for Air Transportation Support (ATS) and Engineering Services (ES).

Zia has provided support to the FAA both directly and indirectly (via airport projects funded by FAA grants) throughout New Mexico and west Texas. Tasks have included cultural and natural resources surveys and airport civil engineering design and construction management.

The eFAST (electronic FAA accelerated and simplified tasks) MOA provides FAA customers with direct acquisition opportunities through small business and is designed to reduce acquisition time. The contract performance period extends through 2024 with additional options.

For more information on eFAST see eFAST (FAA.gov)

Spaceport America Ramps Up for 2021
Spaceport America was the original purpose-built space launch facility in the U.S. and remains one of the premier space launch facilities in the country. The Spaceport is poised in 2021 and beyond for a rapid expansion in launch activities including satellite and sub orbital human flight launch operations.

Since 2006 the New Mexico Spaceport Authority has contracted with Zia to complete on-call environmental tasks for the Spaceport America site in Doña Ana and Sierra Counties New Mexico. Current work extends through 2023.

Completion of these projects to meet State and Federal regulatory requirements is crucial to the ability of the Spaceport to continue and expand operations to support the ambitious 2021 launch schedule.

The project site encompasses a total of 18,000 acres of New Mexico State Trust, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands, and private lands. Zia’s services include NEPA and ESA compliance as well as cultural and biological impact mitigation plans to support the Spaceport’s ongoing construction and expansion activities.

Zia’s team of science professionals led by Victoria Brown, PMP, and Victor Gibbs, RPA, are conducting various cultural resources surveys and cultural data recovery activities including curation of artifacts; Threatened, Endangered, and other Special Status Species surveys; and numerous biological surveys, including nest surveys and monitoring.

For more information on Spaceport America see: https://www.spaceportamerica.com

Zia’s Ongoing Cultural Resources Surveys with USDA NRCS
Since 2018 Zia’s cultural resource professionals have been conducting intensive pedestrian cultural resources inventories for land management projects on a variety of private and New Mexico State Trust lands throughout New Mexico. Current and recent past projects include:
Survey Acreage
De Baca County, NM
Grant County, NM
Guadalupe County, NM
Harding County, NM
Lea County, NM
Lincoln County, NM
Quay County, NM
San Miguel County, NM
Socorro County, NM
Torrance County, NM
Union County, NM
That’s a lot of trekking throughout New Mexico and we appreciate our seasoned professional team of field archaeologists headed by Victor Gibbs, RPA – Principal Investigator!

Zia Support to NRI – USDA NRCS Overcomes COVID Challenges
Zia has recently completed four years of ongoing support for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS) to conduct annual National Resources Inventories in Colorado and New Mexico. Despite ongoing challenges from COVID 19 in the most recent performance period Zia completed all required activities and data collection and submission deadlines on schedule.

Under a new contract awarded to Zia by NRCS New Mexico we will continue supporting the Natural Resources Inventory for New Mexico through 2023.

The work includes collection of rangeland resources data on hundreds of selected sample sites (points) for the National Resources Inventory (NRI), Rangeland Field Study in each state. The NRI program is based upon scientific and rigorous sample survey protocols. Each state in the program has a combination of Range, Pasture and Bureau of Land Management inventory sites in the state. Each inventory site is called a Segment and is about 160 acres in size. Data are to be collected by data collection teams consisting of two or more members. The data collection is conducted on private & public land. Collected data is entered into handheld Computer Assisted Survey Instruments using approved software provided by USDA NRCS. Data is transmitted to the USDA NRCS Iowa State University Center for Survey Statistics & Methodology located in Ames, Iowa.

Zia’s success is due to our excellent field teams spread throughout the state many of whom are former NRCS professionals with the qualifications, experience and knowledge of plant and soil attributes in New Mexico to successfully address the NRI needs.

As Zia’s President, Edward Martinez, noted, “The quality of the work completed by our field teams is instrumental in our success in winning the continuation of this work in New Mexico. We appreciate our staff’s efforts and look forward to continuing to serve the USDA NRCS for the coming years.” Zia has successfully worked with the USDA NRCS throughout New Mexico and the Midwest over the years through various USDA NRCS issued contracts for rangeland, wetlands, and natural resources efforts.

Zia Environmental Technicians – “Ninja Turtles” Aid in Detecting COVID-19
“Ninja Turtles” Joe Garza and Tom Johnson of Zia pulling a sample (Photo by Victor Gibbs, RPA)

Zia Engineering & Environmental Consultants, LLC (Zia) is providing wastewater sampling support to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) through its contractor ERG (an environmental and health and safety consulting firm headquartered in Massachusetts).

Victoria Brown, Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Program Manager, is managing the project plan and a team of environmental technicians.

Key team members include Brigitte Hawkins, Joe Garza, Tom Johnson and Victor Gibbs.

Sampling events are scheduled at several congregate care and detention facilities in southern New Mexico, including the J. Paul Taylor Center, a Children, Youth and Families Department-licensed juvenile justice facility in Las Cruces.

The team was recently recognized in local news reports here: "Ninja Turtles" Head Off COVID-19 Outbreak - Las Cruces Sun News

Funded through the federal CARES Act, NMED launched the wastewater monitoring program to detect COVID-19 and prioritize the use of individual testing to identify and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. NMED Fighting the Pandemic from the Sewers

Zia Receives NM COVID-Safe Certified Designation
After successfully completing the required employee training in COVID safe practices published by the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Zia has recently received its certification as a New Mexico Safe Certified business from the New Mexico Society of Association Executives (NMSAE).

This certification provides both employees and clients the assurance that Zia follows all current NMDOH COVID prevention and safety procedures when conducting business in both its offices and during field operations.

Businesses which are NM Safe Certified are awarded and allowed to display the NM Safe Certified seal as a visible notice to clients of this important COVID safety information.

For additional detail on the NM Safe Certified program for businesses please see this link: https://nmsafecertified.org/

Zia Awarded Five Year Contract for BLM Cultural Resources Management (CRM) Services
Zia was recently one of the three firms selected out of fourteen offers received by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to be awarded a five year Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to respond to BLM’s requirements for Cultural Resources Surveys throughout the state of New Mexico.

Under the terms of the contact, which extends until 2026, Zia CRM professionals will be conducting Class III Intensive Pedestrian Surveys of designated BLM land areas to identify and evaluate what cultural resources may be present that require protection or other actions to comply with both federal and state environmental and land use laws and regulations.

Cultural resources are definite locations of human activity, occupation, or use identifiable through literature searches, survey, historical documentation, or oral evidence. The term includes archaeological, historic, or architectural sites, structures, or places with important public and scientific uses, and may include definite locations (sites or places) of traditional cultural or religious importance to specified social and/or cultural groups.

Since its founding in Las Cruces in 2000 Zia has conducted numerous cultural resources surveys totaling thousands of acres in area throughout all parts of New Mexico.

Zia’s CRM team is under the able leadership of Victor Gibbs, RPA. For more information on Zia’s CRM resources or to discuss CRM teaming or related business opportunities please contact Victor at vrgibbs@ziaeec.com