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BSK UCMR 4 Lab News

BSK is the first and only lab in the country currently certified for ALL methods approved for the EPA's UCMR4 testing program!

BSK Associates Laboratories is your partner in complying with the challenging requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR).  Since the inception of UCMR, BSK laboratories has provided unparalleled sampling and analytical services during all three prior UCMR programs, and is now the only lab certified for ALL methods approved for the EPA’s UCMR4 testing program in the United States!

The UCMR4 program begins in January 2018. Call or email us to schedule your bottle order delivery or to discuss your UCMR4 sampling schedule.

BSK will help you through the entire UCMR 4 Laboratory process.  Click on the links below for:

BSK UCMR4 Certified


BSK has acquired a Hogentogler & Co. Cone Penetration Testing (CPT) truck

April 1, 2016

BSK has acquired a Hogentogler & Co. Cone Penetration Testing (CPT) truck, equipped with a seismic-piezocone to characterize soil consistency, pore water pressure and shear wave velocities. The rig weighs approximately 9.5 tons and has a 20-ton hydraulic push capacity with side augers to provide additional reaction forces. The rig is equipped with 30 meters of rod length. A fully automatic 5-channel ESFCS data acquisition system records a near continuous measurement of cone tip resistance, sleeve friction, probe inclination, pore water pressure and shear wave velocities with depth. The CPT is also equipped with a soil sampler that can be used to retrieve soil samples at specific areas of interest for geotechnical observation and soil classification testing.

We look forward to your interest in BSK’s CPT capabilities and if requested, would be happy to evaluate the use of CPT for your project. Please contact BSK’s Bakersfield office at 661.393.0671 for a quote; or to schedule a CPT presentation at your office or for a field demonstration

CPT Truck

On Man Lau Promoted to Regional Manager

January 1, 2016

Fresno, California – January 1, 2016 | BSK Associates (BSK) a leading provider of analytical testing, environmental consulting, geotechnical engineering, and construction services for over 50 years, announces that Mr. On Man Lau, PE, GE has been promoted to Regional Manager to support strategic company growth and employee development.

Mr. Lau has been with BSK Associates for over 20 years and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Lau will be taking on responsibility for the Fresno Engineering Services, in addition to his existing management duties in Bakersfield. Mr. Lau has more than 20 years of experience in geotechnical and environmental engineering, soils/earthwork observation and testing, and construction materials testing and inspection.

On Man Lau


Our new San Bernardino office begins shipping...

November 1, 2015

Shipping their first sample for new client, the City of Redlands, the San Bernardino laboratory is off and running. The service center and future microbiology laboratory opened in August 2015 and provides sample bottles, shipping coolers, ice packs and chain of custody forms as well as sample drop off services. "This is just the beginning!" says Cyndi Moore.

San Bernardino - Riverside - Microbiology


BSK Summer Picnic 2015!

August 22, 2015

BSK Associates

The BSK Summer Picnic was held at Woodward Park, the weather may have been hot, but we still had a GREAT time!  It was delightful to see the children getting their faces painted, hula-hooping and playing frisbee.  Some of the adults braved the heat to play horse shoes and bocce ball. Thanks to all who participated and assisted with putting together this event.


BSK Exhibiting at Tri State Seminar 2015 Las Vegas Tradeshow 

August 22-24, 2015

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Tri-State Seminar

Guardians of Water - 31st Annual Tri-State Seminar - Educating Water Professionals

BSK team members Cyndi K. Moore and Kasanna Coulter will be exhibiting at the Tri State Seminar Tradeshow in 22-24, 2015! BSK will be at Booth Number: 102 and exhibit show hours are Tuesday, Sept 22rd (3:30pm to 7:00pm) and Wednesday, Sept 23rd (3:30pm to 6:30pm).



BSK is now in Southern California

August 11, 2015

SoCal Annoucement

BSK is Your Official Registered DIR Consultant

March 9, 2015

We are prepared to have what it takes to work for you! BSK is in full compliance with the new Public Works Contractor Registration Law (SB 854). In advance of the deadline, BSK has registered to become your official DIR Registered Consultant. Registration Number 1000003557.

BSK Gives Back to its Employees

December 16, 2014

In the season of giving, BSK Associates is giving back to its employees as an acknowledgement of the hard work and stellar client service that all BSK employees have put forth this year. Rich Johnson, president of BSK, has announced that the company will be granting paid time off to all employees for the holiday week between Christmas and New Year. “BSK’s financials are strong and healthy. The energy of our employees to help grow the company and keep clients happy is a huge contributing factor to this. As an employee-owned company, one way we reward our employees is to share the company’s success with them,” explains Rich.

Check us out as your employer of choice!

BSK Welcomes Diane Ogden

August 8, 2014

BSK Fresno would like to welcome new employee Diane Ogden.  Diane has joined BSK as Business Development Associate in the Fresno office.  Diane has over 25 years of an extensive background in commercial construction lending and business development in Northern California.  Over the course of her career, Diane has been committed to client relationship development and retention developing a focused strategic plan for sustainable, profitable growth.

Diane has been active in a number of professional organizations, including the (ACRE) Association of Commercial Real Estate, (CMAA)  Construction Management Association, (BOMA) Building owners and Manager Association), and (IREM) Institute of Real Estate Management.  Diane has also served on the board of several non-profit corporations, most recently with Sutter Health Foundation.

Diane Ogden



BSK Acquires AddyLab

May 23, 2014

BSK Associates (BSK) announced it has signed an agreement to purchase AddyLab (Addy), a Vancouver, WA based analytical testing laboratory. The acquisition of Addy provides additional analytical support for BSK’s expansion into the Pacific Northwest.

“We are excited by this acquisition and the opportunities the expansion into the Northwest brings for our company. BSK is focused on extending our services beyond the California market and this investment affirms our commitment to the region. With their focus on the water market, we believe the addition of Addy was the next logical step in our efforts to grow our business”, said Brad Meadows, Vice President of Laboratory Services at BSK.
Addy Lab, founded by Tom Newman and Carly Addy in 2000, provides water quality testing to the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington markets. The laboratory is accredited by the Washington State Department of Ecology, and by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. The laboratory will operate as a part of BSK Associates, working in conjunction with the Company’s Fresno-based laboratory to offer a broad range of analytical testing services.

Carl Addy said, “We at AddyLab are excited to become part of BSK Associates. With the broad range of testing and faster turnaround times offered by BSK, the team at Addy will be able to provide the next level of analytical services to the Portland and Vancouver communities. We look forward to what we can accomplish with this combination of BSK’s technical expertise and our local, customer-minded service.”

BSK to Present at Wetlands Conference

Apr. 30, 2014

BSK will be presenting May 7th at the Wetland Regulation in California conference to be held in Sacramento. BSK will be giving two presentations. The first; “Large Scale Wetlands Mapping: New Technology and Databases”, will discuss the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wetlands Inventory, Soil Conservation Service soils database, LiDAR, and evolving state databases and classifications. The second; “Mitigation and Restoration Challenges” will address fundamental restoration challenges in a complex permitting environment.


BSK Exhibiting at California Rural Water Association Expo

Apr. 25, 2014

BSK Associates will be exhibiting at the California Rural Water Association Expo April 30– May 1, 2014 at Harvey’s South Lake Tahoe This is an annual event for personnel from California’s rural water and wastewater systems. Attendees participate in the Expo to earn educational and training contact hours as well as networking with professions presenting the latest products and services.

BSK to Present at Oregon Water Education Foundation

Mar. 25, 2014

BSK will be presenting at the Oregon Water Education Foundation (ORWEF) - Water Environment School in Clackamas, Oregon on March 25. BSK will be speaking on the importance of laboratory ethics and data integrity during laboratory analytical testing. The ORWEF short school is a three-day educational conference attended by over 450 wastewater operators throughout Oregon.

BSK Presents at Sustainable Pavement Treatment Workshop

Mar. 17, 2014

On March 17th, BSK will be a presenter at the Sustainable Pavement Treatments Workshop in Kern County. BSK subject matter specialists will discuss case studies regarding pavement recycling using cold-in-place recycling and full depth reclamation with cement.

BSK Receives Business Partner Award

Mar. 5, 2014

On Wednesday, March 5th, BSK was a recipient of a Business Partner Award from the Fresno Compact for our support of Big Picture High School (BPHS) Each year, the Compact recognizes ten local businesses which have built exceptional partnerships with schools, contributing time and resources to help students reach their full potential. This year, BSK was one of those 10 recognized. BSK has supported BPHS by offering internships to a number of its students and by supplying guidance, materials and labor to help build a science laboratory for the school.

BSK Presents at Land Conservation Conference

Mar. 5, 2014

BSK was a presenter at the Land Conservation Conference held by the California Council of Land Trusts on March 5, 2014 in Sacramento CA. BSK was a panelist on two panels; Real Estate Transactions: the Basics to Special topics, “Form 8283 and Mitigation” and the Appraisers’ Forum. Both dealt with land conservation and the concerns regarding charitable tax deductions from land transfers.

BSK Launches New Service For SB 4 Compliance

Feb. 6, 2014

BSK has launched a new groundwater monitoring and water management planning service to help our clients comply with certain provisions of SB 4, California’s new well stimulation permitting law.  The service is designed to assist our clients with the requirement to prepare Groundwater Monitoring and Water Management Plans which satisfy key components of this new law.

BSK has served the engineering  and  water-related  needs  of  municipalities,  agriculture  and  industry  throughout  Central California for nearly 50 years. Our staff is experienced with California water issues, the various hydrogeologic environments which exist in California, and the numerous regulatory agencies, regulations and processes inherent to water issues in California. In addition BSK has worked with some of the largest petrochemical and natural gas development companies in the country.

For additional information please contact:

Mr. Amer Hussain (559) 479-2013.

BSK Presenting at Water Resource Foundation Delta Habitat Workshop

Jan. 27, 2014

BSK will be presenting at one of the California Water Resource Foundations’ 2014 Delta Habitat Workshops on January 29th.  The workshop topic will be “Finding Ways to Restore Delta Habitat and Protect Property Owners”.  BSK will speak on State Projects and In-Delta Concerns, as part of a panel of experts. The workshop is sponsored by the Delta Conservancy and the Water Education Foundation   

BSK opens new analytical lab service center in Portland Oregon

Dec. 20, 2013

In order to meet our goals for service and quality to the greater Portland market and accommodate new clients in the Northwest, BSK Associates has opened a new analytical lab service center to provide coverage to our Portland market.  Our Portland area service center is located in Beaverton just off Highway 217 at the Allen Blvd exit, 11080 Allen Blvd.

BSK Expands Environmental Practice

Dec. 17, 2013

BSK has expanded their environmental practice in Northern California by adding three additional team members.  Lucinda Calvo, Senior Environmental Permitting Analyst, Vanessa Emerzian, Senior Environmental Scientist and Kevin Grove, Staff Planner have joined the company, and will provide additional environmental permitting & planning, habitat conservation planning, natural resource planning, air and noise modeling, land development regulatory compliance, as well as climate change adaption strategy development. 

BSK and Stoel Rives, LLP to Discuss Impacts of SB 4 on California’s Oil & Gas Market

Nov. 21, 2013

BSK and our partner Stoel Rives, LLP-Attorneys at Law, will be conducting a seminar on strategies for complying with SB 4, California’s new Well Stimulation Permitting Law. Our special guest speaker will be Mr. Jason Marshall, Chief Deputy Director, California Department of Conservation. The seminar will cover among other topics; CEQA & Environmental Review Issues, Notification & Testing Requirements, and Water Management & Groundwater Monitoring Plans. The seminar will be held on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 in Bakersfield CA. For more information please go to

BSK Becomes State of Washington Contract Laboratory

Nov. 11, 2013

BSK was awarded a contract by the State of Washington to provide analytical laboratory services to state agencies. The primary purchasers are the Washington State Department of Transportation, Department of Ecology, other state agencies, participating institutions of higher education (colleges and universities) and municipalities within the State of Washington. The contract value is $500,000 for a two year period with renewal options for up to six years. Under this contract BSK will be part of a vendor pool made up of a small number of labs who have been qualified to compete for this work.

BSK Presents at APWA 17th Annual Public Works Conference

Oct. 31, 2013

BSK will be presenting at APWA’s Northern California Chapter’s 17th annual Public Works Conference 2013 on November, 6th. BSK’s presentation "Managing Project Environmental Risks", addresses; identifying, minimizing and mitigating environmental risks on projects.

BSK Supports Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps Event

Oct. 7, 2013

BSK helped sponsor the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps (SRCC) 11th Annual Golf Extravaganza "GLOWING FUTURE" event at the Foothill Golf Course in Sacramento on October 3, 2013. The mission of the SRCC is to enrich the lives of young adults by providing a development program integrating education, job skills training and work experience on conservation projects and service opportunities that benefit the region and our corps members. Proceeds from this event, provide transitional scholarships to graduating corps members who are entering the workplace and/or continuing their education. What a Great Cause!

BSK moves corporate HQ and engineering operations to support client base.

Sept. 23, 2013

BSK has moved their corporate headquarters and engineering operations to 550 West Locust Avenue, Fresno CA, 93650, effective September 23, 2013.  BSK has been headquartered in Fresno since 1966, providing environmental consulting, geotechnical engineering, construction services and analytical testing to clients throughout California, and other Western states. “We needed the additional space at this new location to better serve our expanding client base” says Mike Vartanian, Chief Financial Officer at BSK.  BSK also operates additional locations in Sacramento, Livermore, Bakersfield, with site operations in Washington