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Expert in Wetlands, Wildlife, Storm Water, Erosion Control, Hydroponics, Aquaculture: Program and Project Management

Expert ID: 732044 Hawaii, USA

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Expert has a broad and comprehensive grasp of biological and ecological sciences. He specializes in land and water management. For land management, the services provided may range from aquaculture and hydroponic operations to environmental compliance operations. For water management, it may be storm-water mitigation or erosion control; or range to wetland delineations, restorations, irrigation, resource utilization.

Natural resource management, wetland delineations, wildlife habitat studies, environmental impact studies, environmental assessments, environmental baseline studies, coastal studies, wetland replication and restoration services, wetland species nursery management, wetland and wildlife protection products, experience in land rehabilitation practices, wildlife biology, botany, forestry and other types of applied ecology. All work environments from tropics to alpine. Ability to work in rough terrain under extreme weather conditions. Project count over the last three decades in this field in excess of 25,000 studies conducted by self or under my direction as owner of firm(s).

Ability to make public presentations on technical issues and policy directives. As a Selectman and State Representative, attended, conducted, organized and presented public hearings, seminars, organizational forums and Q & A sessions. As a Manager, Business Owner and Corporate Group Leader, responsibility was for client interactions, client presentations, public presentations, community outreach and technical presentations. Interaction with community groups, federal, state and local agencies, DoD decision makers, State and Federal legislative bodies and committees. Example is the presentation of a Lesson Learned PowerPoint demonstration to the North Shore Neighborhood Board on behalf of the U.S. Army U.S. Garrison Hawaiʻi on advances in storm-water and erosion control methods used during Army land rehabilitation efforts.

Spill prevention plans, along with pollution prevention studies, and hazardous materials and waste mitigation. 21Es, Phase I and Phase II hazardous materials studies and worked on projects where environmental remediation activities were conducted serving as the site overseer and controlling the hazardous materials testing regime. Experienced in characterizing soil, air and water HazMat incidents.

Environmental audits, energy audits and lighting inventories, lumen analysis, sustainability studies, baseline environmental management systems, identify and research sustainability initiatives as related to energy, water, waste, design, sourcing, decision-making and marketing/education. Prioritized implementation of sustainability projects to maximize cost savings and green marketing promotion. Developed grant application to support sustainability initiatives. Experience in renewable energy source selection of wind, solar or biomass based on need, client preference and siting. Familiar with large wind and small wind systems as well as solar thermal and solar photovoltaic. Environmental permitting, environmental impacts and regulatory compliance. Work with energy balancing systems such as harmonic filters, sensors, timers, etc…Fatal Flaw or Critical Issues Analysis and siting reviews. Onshore and Offshore experience. Public involvement and baseline studies for wildlife issues, habitat mapping, modeling, visual impact analysis and mitigation and monitoring plans.

Prepared applications and support documentation for all environmental permits such as shoreline setback variances, noise permits, special management area permits, CZM and floodplain permits, 404/401 permits, MS4 approvals, NPDES applications, Notice of Intents, Records of Environmental Consideration, Requests for Determinations, EA, EIR and EIS etc…

Experience with geographical information systems such as ESRI/ArcMap, GPS usage of (GIS) and GPS (Trimble) equipment. Have a working knowledge and experience with a variety of computer software and technologies, including GIS software. Developed skills in data collection, use of geographical position systems (GPS), and database development.

Experience with coastal environs such as dock and pier studies, shellfish inventories, beach erosion mitigation designs. Associate member of New England Fisheries Development Council and Aquaculture Coordinator and Public Outreach Coordinator for the New England Fisheries Steering Committee. Worked with many fisheries trade groups, fishermen organizations, fish processors, vessel operators, Coast Guard, NMFS, NOAA and state agencies. Sample project was an EIS for the undersea fiber optic cable from Green Hill Beach in Rhode Island to London for habitat impact, current impact, vessel interference, maintenance issues and more…

Operator and Manager of Aquaculture and Hydroponics operations. Experience with the culture of over 400 species including but not limited to trout, prawns, oysters, mussels, haricot vert, mache lettuce, strawberries, etc… all with integrated aquaponic systems. Experience with environmental appraisal and design enhancement of land and properties. Designed environmental improvements for water management, land maintenance, aesthetics appeal and environmental correctness. Work on resort properties such as hotels and golf courses to design green roofs, songbird gardens, storm-water gardens, porous pavements, wildlife buffer and research zones and green-scaping maintenance alternatives to grass. Considered one of the nation’s top experts in storm-water bio-engineering designs for pollution mitigation at residential, commercial and governmental facilities. Complete project management from visionary design to concept development to implementation to post-construction review. Cost appraisal of both implementation costs and value-added bio-engineering's present and future values. Sample project was as the lead design consultant for WED Enterprises (Disney) for “The Land” exhibit at EPCOT Center, Florida and environmental assessment consultant for Disney Imagineering in Tokyo Disney, Japan; EuroDisney, France and future hotel/resort sites in Kauai and South Carolina.

Ability to work with diverse issues that may not fall under established practices or guidelines. Ability to resolve complex issues by working with stakeholder organizations and to find creative solutions to land use requirements with
environmental compliance and conservation goals. Written and oral communication skills. Have the ability to work independently with limited supervision. Board of Health Chairman, Soil and Land Conservation Zoning Board Chairman, Police Commissioner. Personnel Board member.

Staff Management, Contracts and Budgets
Office management, executive policies, budgetary planning and processing, grant and contract development, employee hiring and staff supervision. Familiarity with Army, Marine, and Air Force contracting. Current responsibility includes performance management of staff of 14, development of materials, documents, briefs and handouts, as well as equipment, and budgets. Immediate past budgetary responsibility was in excess of $22 million. Have managed staffs as large as 33 employees, and projects with $25-100 million budgets. Public Policy experience (State Representative) in the Legislature ($30 billion budget) and Municipal (Selectman) levels ($18 million budget). Program Management with both immediate staff supervision and with remote located technical teams/individuals for assembling projects for client fulfillment. Interactive environmental contract experience with the military (Army, Air Force, Marines) and decades of experience in the environmental field.
NEPA documentation, permit application and investigative studies with preparation and review. Federal work with the USDA/NRCS, DoD/Army, Air Force, ACOE, EPA and other federal agencies. State Agencies work in the Northeast U.S., Florida and Hawaiʻi such as here in Hawaiʻi with the HDOT, HDOH CWB, HDOH HEER, DNLR, CZM, and ENV. Private NEPA work for utility companies such as L3 Communications, MFS Network Technologies, Verizon, ComElectric and others. Local work with C&C of Honolulu agencies such as HART, DPP, ENV. Comparable experience with counterpart agencies in states from Maryland to Maine (Northeast corridor) and Florida. Environmental Compliance (Qa/Qc) for base operations with the Army and Air Force.Natural resource management, wetland delineations, wildlife habitat studies, environmental impact studies, environmental assessments, environmental baseline studies, coastal studies, wetland replication and restoration services, wetland species nursery management, wetland and wildlife protection products, experience in land rehabilitation practices, wildlife biology, botany, forestry and other types of applied ecology. All work environments from tropics to alpine. Ability to work in rough terrain under extreme weather conditions. Project count over the last three decades in this field in excess of 25,000 studies conducted by self or under my direction as owner of firm(s).Ability to make public presentations on technical issues and policy directives. As a Selectman and State Representative, attended, conducted, organized and presented public hearings, seminars, organizational forums and Q & A sessions. As a Manager, Business Owner and Corporate Group Leader, responsibility was for client interactions, client presentations, public presentations, community outreach and technical presentations. Interaction with community groups, federal, state and local agencies, DoD decision makers, State and Federal legislative bodies and committees. Example is the presentation of a Lesson Learned PowerPoint demonstration to the North Shore Neighborhood Board on behalf of the U.S. Army U.S. Garrison Hawaiʻi on advances in stormwater and erosion control methods used during Army land rehabilitation efforts. Stormwater Mitigation and Erosion Control
Drainage calculations, erosion control designs and products, stormwater mitigation designs and products, slope and bank stabilization designs and products, Master Stormwater Mitigation Plans, Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP), erosion control monitoring plans, mitigation monitoring plans (MMP), Best Management Practices (BMP) plans.

Sustainability
Environmental audits, energy audits and lighting inventories, lumen analysis, sustainability studies, baseline environmental management systems, identify and research sustainability initiatives as related to energy, water, waste, design, sourcing, decision-making and marketing/education. Prioritized implementation of sustainability projects to maximize cost savings and green marketing promotion. Developed grant application to support sustainability initiatives.

Renewable Energy – Wind, Solar, Biomass and innovations
Experience in renewable energy source selection of wind, solar or biomass based on need, client preference and siting. Familiar with large wind and small wind systems as well as solar thermal and solar photovoltaic. Environmental permitting, environmental impacts and regulatory compliance. Work with energy balancing systems such as harmonic filters, sensors, timers, etc…Fatal Flaw or Critical Issues Analysis and siting reviews. Onshore and Offshore experience. Public involvement and baseline studies for wildlife issues, habitat mapping, modeling, visual impact analysis and mitigation and monitoring plans.
Permitting
Prepared applications and support documentation for all environmental permits such as shoreline setback variances, noise permits, special management area permits, CZM and floodplain permits, 404/401 permits, MS4 approvals, NPDES applications, Notice of Intents, Records of Environmental Consideration, Requests for Determinations, EA, EIR and EIS etc…

Horticulture and Crop Technology
Experience with a variety of crop technologies. Expertise in aquaculture, hydroponics and traditional greenhouse operations. Grew up in traditional greenhouse operations business with a wide variety of plant and shrub species such as geraniums, poinsettias, chrysanthemums, annuals, perennials, herbs and more. Owner and Operator of New England’s largest wetland plant nursery with over 400 species cultivated from seed or cuttings. Owner and Operator of aquaculture operations for trout and prawn species. Owner and operator of hydroponics facilities often integrated with aquaculture operations in an aquaponics setting with species such as strawberries, mache lettuce, haricot vert green beans, oyster mushrooms and over 500 other cultivars. Experienced with Green Roof Technology, diverse growing systems, water management and a host of other operational parameters of growing systems.

Biomimicry Design
Biomimicry principles offer "fresh architectural solutions" for landscapes such as coastal areas susceptible to flooding. Biomimicry is using designs that draw inspiration from the intricate ways that plants and animals have adapted to their situations over hundreds of millions of years. Award-winning ecodesigns expertise using Biomimicry principles. Award winning designer of BioFence TM – the biodegradable siltation fence and the Expert Swale TM – the EPA award winning stormwater mitigation design presented by VP Al Gore. 2013 ACECH award for pollution mitigation design in Hawaii for dry dock copper and zinc discharges.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2006 Degree: MS Subject: Environmental Policy Institution: UMAS Boston
Year: 1977 Degree: BS Subject: Biology Institution: SMU

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2007 to 2015 Employer: WHALE Environmental Services LLC Title: (Undisclosed) Department: (Undisclosed) Responsibilities: Wetland and wildlife expert, aquatic design, environmental and energy audits and inventories, land rehabilitation specialist, erosion control and stormwater mitigation specialist and environmental design and planning.
Years: 2012 to 2014 Employer: URS Title: (Undisclosed) Department: (Undisclosed) Responsibilities: Responsible for URS Business Development interests in Federal Interactions. Dual
role serving as Project Manager and Program Manager for URS awarded contracts. Client interaction,
technical expertise and subject matter expert for various projects and project team review and
supervision. Key services provided to DoD clients such as Navy, Army, Marines and Air Force; and
federal agencies such as USFW, NRCS, EPA, FAA, NOAA and NMFS.
Years: 2011 to 2012 Employer: HART Title: (Undisclosed) Department: (Undisclosed) Responsibilities: Responsibility to manage federal, state, local and private projects. Develop and implements strategic marketing plans with proposal preparation and presentation to the government,
industrial and private market sectors. Significant HEPA and NEPA interactions along with state and
federal agency regulatory compliance. Environmental and Planning Division leadership for project teams
conducting environmental compliance, site assessment & remediation, GIS support services, environmental sciences, sustainability, planning and military solutions. Supervise team leaders, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the group comprised of project managers, technical specialists and junior level planners. Responsible for hiring, staff utilization, group sales goals, mentoring, financial control, quality assurance and business development and marketing.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: to Present Country / Region: Bermuda Summary: Provider of EIS for undersea fiber optic cable installation
Years: to Present Country / Region: Turkey Summary: Builder of trout farm for government executives
Years: to Present Country / Region: Isreal Summary: Consultant on hydroponic Systems
Years: to Present Country / Region: Europe, Asia Summary: International Trade Mission Representative to Germany, France, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, China

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Lecturer, Cape Cod Community College – aquaculture
Lecturer, UMASS Dartmouth – aquaculture and hydroponics, environmental policy
Lecturer – Wellesley College – environmental policy
Past President, Intl. Erosion Control Assoc. – seminar in erosion control and stormwater management
Adjunct Professor, HPU – Environmental Impact Assessments Course – ESA, EA, EIS

Certified Project Manager, Natural Resource Management and Land Rehabilitation; NEPA Specialist and Pollution Investigator under 21E, Phase Levels 1-3; Wetlands and Wildlife Biologist; EA, EIR, and EIS development; BioMimicry Designer; Erosion Control Professional, Stormwater Mitigation Expert; Aquaculture and Hydroponics Specialist, Senior Principal Engineer- Environment, Senior Program Manager/Group Leader; CEO, COO and Principal Office Manager.
Other Relevant Experience
Ability to make public presentations on technical issues and policy directives. As a Selectman and State
Representative, attended, conducted, organized and presented public hearings, seminars, organizational forums and Q & A sessions. As a Manager, Business Owner and Corporate Group Leader, responsibility was for client interactions, client presentations, public presentations, community outreach and technical presentations. Interaction with community groups, federal, state and local agencies, DoD decision makers, State and Federal legislative bodies and committees. Example is the presentation of a Lesson Learned PowerPoint demonstration to the North Shore Neighborhood Board on behalf of the U.S. Army U.S. Garrison Hawaiʻi on advances in storm-water and erosion control methods used during Army land rehabilitation efforts.

Managed the U.S. Army's Hawaii Garrison’s Integrated Training Areas Management (ITAM) program, coordinated, executed, and assisted in all ITAM program components,
including Land Rehabilitation and Management (LRAM), Range and Training Land Assessment (RTLA), Training Requirements Integration (TRI), Sustainable Range Awareness (SRA), and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Direct, support, assist and facilitate implementation of regulatory environmental programs. Provided expertise in the preparation of scopes of work for land inventory and monitoring, land rehabilitation projects and management, environmental awards, and training/environmental integration requirements. Prepared Independent Government Cost Estimates (IGCEs), Statements of Work (SOWs) and Requests for Statement of Qualifications (SOQs). Selected firms for contracts based on submissions. Coordinate and monitor NEPA efforts that affect the Directorate of Planning, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS) and other military agencies in the region. Ensure DPTMS interests are represented and
composed of the following: 5 year Master Planning Cycles, real estate site review and planning, and interaction with DPW Facilities, USAGHI, Kaneohe Marine Base Hawaii, consultants, and federal and government civil servants of US Army agencies and others. Coordinate mitigation and workarounds between users (DPTMS) and federal agencies such as EPA, NRCS, and ACOE. Coordinated permitting activities with State of Hawaii DOH. Conduct basic environmental assessments, environmental impact statements, records of environmental
consideration, review permit approvals, and file notice of intents. Provided information to support installation command decisions. Worked with military training schedules to help insure that training lands are available in sufficient quality and land status to successfully accomplish the requested training. Experience in land management of over 153,000 acres of US Hawaii Army training lands on Oahu and the Big Island. Reviewed NEPA documents, assists in project scoping efforts, updates program management modules and provides expertise and assistance to the DPTMS Range Division Office staff. Coordinates with the USAGHI Installation environmental staff to assist the Installation land managers in making informed land management decisions and coordinating military land use requirements. Sought new funding sources for Army land restoration projects. Succeeded in acquiring $22 million for new projects.

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