Portrait of Kelsey McLaughlin

Kelsey McLaughlin PG, QISP

Staff Geologist

Ms. McLaughlin is a Staff Geologist at LACO Associates and has been a geology consultant since 2011. Ms. McLaughlin provides clients with environmental, engineering geologic and hydrogeological expertise throughout Northern California. Ms. McLaughlin’s multidisciplinary background makes her an asset to LACO’s Geo-Environmental team. Some of the highlights of her experience include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Project management; 
  • Proposal and cost estimate preparation;
  • Project scheduling and coordination; 
  • Preparing and reviewing reports to regulatory agencies for environmentally regulated sites; 
  • Preparing Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments for real estate transactions;
  • Preparing permits for boring and monitoring well installation, destruction, and encroachment;
  • Field exploration, supervise boring and monitoring well installation and destruction for environmental and geotechnical explorations, field characterization of soils, field screening, and sampling;
  • Septic suitability evaluation and system design;
  • Percolation testing;
  • Water Quality and Quantity Evaluations; 
  • Surveying rock quarries for the presence of naturally occurring asbestos;
  • Calculating soil loss from vineyard tree removal using the Universal Soil Loss Equation (USLE) and the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE2) program; and, 
  • Performing site inspection for best management practices (BMPs) for sites that require a stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP). Inspections include visual observations of a site’s BMPs to prevent and address illicit stormwater discharges, preparing inspection reports, and sampling.