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The Land Stewards

Keeping sediment and pollutants out of storm drains is a full-time job. Through general contractor, Turner PCL, John & Leysa Gentillon, the husband and wife team at The Land Stewards, (originally known as San Diego Erosion Control) undertook one of the more high-profile projects of their career with the recent construction at the San Diego Airport Green Build Terminal.

With a background as a Qualified Stormwater Developer (QSD) and a specialty in implementing BMPs, The Land Stewards worked with their sister company, Alegre Environmental, which is more like an engineering firm, on the inspection side. Between the two companies, the team is a one-stop shop, including providing jobsite equipment and has a history of getting jobs completed without any fines.

On this project, as the liaison between the Airport Authority and Turner PCL for stormwater issues, The Land Stewards were tasked with managing and implementing stormwater compliance issues for the inspection process and the BMP installation. Due to recent updates under the new Stormwater Construction General Permit, The Land Stewards helped Turner PCL comply with the new requirements. Additionally, it was their responsibility to ensure Turner PCL was in compliance and thereafter get approval for the implementation needed to maintain compliance.

A few of the bigger challenges The Land Stewards faced and conquered on this project were managing the pollutants on the jobsite, keeping to schedule, and meeting the requirements of the Stormwater Construction General Permit. Their understanding of the stormwater compliance issues and many different phases of construction coupled with long-term experience in managing jobs with multiple tasks and setting up different BMP's to manage thru various stages of construction, was the key to their success. As one of the first few subcontractors on the job, The Land Stewards will also be one of the last to finish the scope of work for that project. Throughout construction, The Land Stewards employed up to 17 employees on this job.

Their advice to other subcontractors looking to work on these type of projects? "Don't cut corners. The fines for cutting corners are very, very expensive," says Leysa Gentillon. The Land Stewards have a rich history of working with San Diego's top contractors, due to their reputation. Some of their client list includes: Turner PCL, Whiting Turner, DPR, Rudolph & Sletten, City of Chula Vista, City of San Diego, City of San Marcos, Pardee Homes, DR Horton, Toll Brothers, Standard Pacific Homes and more.

Locally, The Land Stewards continue to stay active in the community. John has been on the board for United Cerebral Palsy San Diego for 8 years and the couple used to organize an annual golf tournament called the Sandbagger Invitational with proceeds to United Cerebral Palsy. Due to the economy, they haven't hosted the tournament in a few years but are looking to bring it back as the economy improves.

455 N Twin Oaks Valley Road | San Marcos, CA 92069 | (760) 759-2366 | www.thelandstewards.com

~ By Jada Thomas, The Daily Transcript

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