Aquatic Invasive Species Inspections and Equipment Decontamination

The Threat Posed by Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are non-native plants, animals, or pathogens that are introduced accidentally or intentionally into bodies of water outside of their native range. They can reproduce quickly and spread rapidly because there are no natural predators or competitors to keep them in check. AIS can displace native species, clog waterways, impact irrigation and power systems, degrade ecosystems, threaten recreational fishing opportunities, and can cause wildlife and public health problems. The annual U.S. cost related to AIS is estimated to be $120 billion, with more than 100 million acres affected.

Regulations Apply to Watercraft and Equipment

To prevent the spread of AIS, there are a variety of federal, state, and local regulations that require boat and equipment inspections when crossing state lines and moving between bodies of water; however, most of the enforcement activities are centered on watercraft. Montana law also applies to equipment, which is defined in MCA 80-7-1003 as “an implement or machinery that has been wholly or partially immersed in surface waters.”

Spill response companies like Olympus Technical Services have containment booms, pumps, hoses, anchors, lines, skimmers, etc., most of which meet the definition of “equipment.” Contractors operating equipment on construction projects near surface water could also find themselves impacted by these regulations.

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Inspection, Decontamination and Certification Services Available from Olympus

As part of our spill response activities and exercises, Olympus has been inspecting and decontaminating watercraft and equipment before (if needed) and after contact with surface water. We have the equipment and the training to conduct inspections and perform decontaminations that meet regulatory requirements and now, through a memorandum of understanding with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), we have the authority to certify for other companies that their equipment has been inspected and decontaminated (if necessary).

If your company is operating watercraft or equipment in, on, or near surface water, contact us about integrating our inspection and decontamination services into your operations. Please note that regulations vary by state and there are even some differences across Montana. Please become familiar with the regulations where you will be using and transporting your watercraft and equipment. We can perform inspections and decontaminations anywhere within our service area, but our certifications are currently only recognized by Montana FWP.

What Our Clients are saying

one of the foremost authorities

“Simply put, as a consultant to the retail fueling industry, Olympus Technical Services is one of the foremost authorities in terms of environmental regulations...

"Simply put, as a consultant to the retail fueling industry, Olympus Technical Services is one of the foremost authorities in terms of environmental regulations, permits, emergency response and petroleum cleanup."

Trent Biggers

Town Pump, Inc.

Trent Biggers
Town Pump, Inc.

a professional and talented group

We initially met Olympus Technical Services when they were working as a subcontractor on an EPA TBA. We needed some work done quickly (it was under our bid...

"We initially met Olympus Technical Services when they were working as a subcontractor on an EPA TBA. We needed some work done quickly (it was under our bid threshold) and Preston Chase made it clear that Olympus could and would perform that work immediately and at an advantaged rate.

We hired them and the work was done quickly and professionally. Later, Olympus won a major demolition bid with FCEDA. The bid was fair and the work was started right on time and finished in advance of our deadline. It was a difficult job with several unknowns that caused delays, change orders, and equipment breakdowns. Throughout, Preston and his team were professional, flexible, and made sound recommendations. They were great partners on a difficult project. In spite of these setbacks, never once were there complaints, excuses, or delays that weren’t overcome. Because of this project, we have highly recommended Olympus Technical Services to many of our partners.

FCEDA has gone on to have additional engagements with Preston and Olympus resulting in the same solid partnership. They are always willing to engage, provide feedback, complete the job on time and on budget (or under in some cases). It has been a pleasure to work with such a professional and talented group!"

Christy Cummings Dawson

Flathead County Economic Development AuthorityFlathead County Economic Development Authority

Christy Cummings Dawson
Flathead County Economic Development Authority

highly qualified, responsive, & innovative

"The company motto for Olympus Technical Services, Inc. should be “we are here to do whatever it takes to get the job done.” The team of professional personnel...

"The company motto for Olympus Technical Services, Inc. should be “we are here to do whatever it takes to get the job done.” The team of professional personnel at Olympus are each highly qualified, responsive, and innovative. Their problem-solving methods and can-do attitudes create results.

Consistently, Olympus meets all three aspects of the Project Management triangle: quality, schedule,and budget.

Olympus offers so much more than operating yellow iron. For a complex, web-based, GIS project in East Helena, Olympus responded to numerous revisions with accuracy and offered creative resolutions to complex challenges for the data presentation.

At remote project locations around Montana, Olympus comes prepared with necessary resources and anticipates needs, resulting in efficient execution of the scope of work with minimal down time.

The heavy equipment operators at Olympus are skilled, safe, and meticulous. Olympus’ commitment to safety and quality is unparalleled by most companies.

At a large Superfund site in Billings involving many stakeholders and numerous other subcontractors, Olympus flawlessly managed unexpected complications in the field and responded with flexibility to schedule changes as a result of others. Olympus excavated and managed the ex-situ treatment of ________ cubic yards of soil and constructed a soil vapor extraction system, including a treatment shed with doors customized by one of their team. Once the system was up and running, Olympus provided technical expertise by conducting monthly maintenance checks and performance monitoring reliably and accurately.

Olympus also supported periodic groundwater monitoring; again, anticipating field needs and providing experienced personnel with the appropriate quantity and types of equipment and supplies.

Olympus consistently provides quality technical expertise and work products satisfying client needs while meeting schedules and within budgets. They are flexible and creative to meet project needs."

Catherine LeCours

Pacific West Technologies

Catherine LeCours
Pacific West Technologies

work was performed flawlessly & professionally

“We used Olympus Technical Services to do a remediation project and some extensive concrete demolition and backfill work. The work was performed flawlessly...

“We used Olympus Technical Services to do a remediation project and some extensive concrete demolition and backfill work. The work was performed flawlessly and professionally, and the field staff was great to work with. When site challenges presented themselves, Olympus was intuitive and creative in solving them. They were a great company to deal with.”

Mike Heisey

General Manager

Bonner Property Development, LLC

Mike Heisey
Bonner Property Development, LLC