A resident of Billings, Montana, Mike Stermitz serves as a construction manager with Arcadis, an organization where he has worked since 2014 and which provides a range of business, engineering, and environmental services. Mike Stermitz is an experienced environmental inspector who has lent his skills to a variety of projects, including completing compliance inspections for the oil and gas industry and conducting Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) surveys.
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) is a law that was passed in 1918 and spearheaded by the National Audubon Society. This law protects millions of birds and is one of the first and longest-standing environmental laws.
The MBTA aims to protect birds from human activities and states that it is illegal to hunt, kill, sell, export, import, or transport any migratory bird or its eggs or nest without a permit obtained from the Secretary of the interior, although there are some exceptions in the law. For example, the law was updated in 1962 to enable indigenous people to access feathers needed for religious events. Since the MBTA was originally passed, associated treaties with Russia, Japan, and Mexico have enabled expanded protection for migratory birds.
With over a decade of experience in the environmental sector, Mike Stermitz provides a variety of services such as inspections, due diligence reports, water sampling, and wildlife surveys. In addition, Mike Stermitz has extensive experience developing stormwater pollution prevention plans.
In normal circumstances, the underground water supply replenishes when water is absorbed into the ground and naturally filtered by the soil, sand, and rocks. During heavy rains or large amounts of snow melts, the ground can become saturated, resulting in excess water that runs into sewers, streams, rivers, and lakes. That water can carry an abundance of chemicals, eroded soil, bacteria, and other pollutants.
The risk for abundant runoff is especially high in developed areas with large amounts of impervious surfaces like concrete and asphalt. The runoff, since it is not treated, is the leading cause of water pollution. It can contaminate drinking water, swimming areas, fishing and boating areas, and natural ecosystems.
Stormwater pollution prevention plans are developed to help keep tainted stormwater out of the water supply. Experts work to identify all the potential sources of pollution and then describe practices to prevent those pollutants from entering sewers.