Eric is a Founding Partner and the President of Strategic Operations and Sediment Management for TPRG. Eric has nearly 35 years of sediment management experience having spent 24 years in the US Government both with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) New York District and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2.
At EPA, Eric served as the Regional Contaminated Sediment Program Manager / Oceanographer where he directed the New York-New Jersey Harbor Sediment Decontamination Program. The program was charged to demonstrate the environmental and economic feasibility of decontaminating dredged materials and contaminated sediments applying innovative ex-situ technologies that manufactured beneficial use end products on a commercial-scale level. This Program has seeded technical transfer nationally and globally to other ports/regions with contaminated sediment challenges; Puget Sound, Port of Seattle/Washington, Port of Baltimore, Port of Bridgeport/Connecticut, Portland Harbor/ Oregon, Port of Hamburg, Hong Kong Harbor, Shanghai, Latvia, Norway, Cracow Poland, and the Port of Venice Italy. In addition, Eric’s experience has been connected closely with EPA Superfund and other EPA Regions nationally as well as USACE Districts on contaminated sediment projects.
Prior to the launch of TPRG in 2016, Eric was a Research Leader in Sediment Management for the Battelle Memorial Institute. Eric led the development and implementation of their Integrated Sediment Management Practice and growth strategy with a focus on sustainable innovative cross-program applications. Eric was the Co-Chair of the Battelle 7th International Conference on the Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments in February 2013 in Dallas, Texas USA. Eric also was the Program Director for Environmental Resource Management (ERM) start-up in their Sediment and Watershed integrated Management (SWiM) Practice.
Eric is an active member of the European Union Sediment Network Research (SedNet) Group and was a participant and contributor to the SedNet Treatment Remediation Workgroup. He presently participates in the SedNet Sediment Circular Economy Workgroup. He is a member of the Central European Dredging Association (CEDA) Beneficial Use Workgroup and is a contributor to the Position Paper on Assessing the Benefits of Using Contaminated Sediments (PDF) which was published in 2019.
He is a keynote and invited speaker on a global venue in the subject area of Integrated Sediment Management and the application of innovative/sustainable treatment processes.
Eric has an appointment at Montclair State University, Montclair (MSU), New Jersey as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Science and Mathematics and works closely within the Graduate Department of Earth and Environmental Studies, and the Doctoral Program in Environmental Management. He was Co-Chair of the Passaic River Institute Steering Committee and is presently a collaborator with the MSU Clean Energy and Sustainability Analytics Center.