It was a beautiful day and a great opportunity to announce new initiatives, like our Air Quality Services team, to the entire ESI staff. We are thankful to those who came and are excited for a successful 2021!
Jim Chenard, LSRP, brings 30 years of experience to ESI. Jim has experience in management, hydrogeology and is a member of the LSRPA. Jim graduated from Kean College with a BA in Geology/Earth Science.
Jim is also a Professional Geologist, Subsurface Evaluator (NJDEP), is Closure Certified (NJDEP) and is trained and certified in OSHA 40 Hour, 8 Hour Supervisor, Trench Safety,and Confined Space Entry. He also has his Firefighter 1 Certification, Hazardous Materials Training and serves his community, Blairstown, New Jersey as a volunteer Firefighter.
Chris brings fourteen years of air quality compliance management consulting experience adding to ESI’s Air Quality and Permitting capabilities. He has been a national client manager for national accounts providing them with assistance in air related compliance and treatment issues. Chris most recently has been involved with environmental justice consultation and offshore wind permitting. He holds an M.S. in Environmental Management & Policy and a B.A. in Political Science.
Chris joined ESI in March 2020 with approximately 20 years of environmental consulting experience. He is a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) certified by the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice (IPEP), a New Jersey Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP), and a Connecticut Licensed Environmental Professional (LEP).
His experience includes due diligence, drilling projects, remedial investigations, excavation projects, construction oversight, soil vapor intrusion (SVI) investigations, and remedial injections on small to large project sites. Chris’ clients have included petrochemical companies, construction companies, environmental attorneys, financial institutions, private homeowners, insurance companies, and regulatory agencies.
Chris graduated from UConn in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science. Chris enjoys reading, skiing, podcasts, hiking and running with his dog Ollie, concerts, UConn basketball games, and trying new craft beers.
In November, ESI’s Chief Operating Officer, Dan Kent, spent a day with a group of volunteers (socially distant) under the guidance of The Friends of the Upper Delaware (FUDR) traversing and wading the tributaries of the Delaware River south of Hancock, NY to count trout redds. Trout and other salmonids lay their eggs in pea sized gravel beds that accumulate in shallow riffles and backchannels, known as redds. An avid fly-fisherman with a diverse background in ecological monitoring and consulting that ranges from endangered species and vernal pool surveys, snake monitoring, freshwater and saltwater wetland consulting, Dan also observed and recorded stream conditions, flow characteristics and stormwater run-off impacts. The redd counts and the stream conditions will be compiled into a larger GIS database, to better serve future redd surveys and stream restoration projects.
Friends of the Upper Delaware River (FUDR), www.fudr.org is the leading advocacy voice for the river. There are many competing interests for Delaware River water and the tail waters below the NYC water supply reservoirs require a full-time advocacy voice to make sure water quality, the health of river based economies, and the world class wild trout fishery are top notch.
In 2020, FUDR worked hard alongside conservation partners and coalitions to:
Engage in the implementation of two new policies that help keep the upper river cool during periods of hot weather to protect wild trout and curb erratic water releases from the NYC reservoirs that are harmful to the river environment.
Ensure the Upper Delaware River will be classified as a “Wild Premier” trout stream and receive the highest levels of protection in the new NY statewide trout management plan.
Generate more than $400,000 in new stream restoration project funding ($2.2 million for the UDR with our TU partners over the past 3 years!) to help keep the upper watershed clean and healthy.
Spearhead an educational campaign in New York to erect 14 new “Entering the Delaware River Watershed” signs that help give people a sense of place and pride in the river.