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Protecting watersheds and coastal settings

Meet Murat Utku

Murat Utku, PhD, PE

Murat Utku joined OBG in July, bringing leadership in protecting, sustaining, and managing natural features, facilities, and infrastructure in watersheds and coastal settings. His specialized expertise spans resiliency; climate change; ecosystem restoration and mitigation; hydraulic/coastal engineering; river, estuarine, and coastal sediment and pollutant transport processes; dredging; flood damage reduction;...

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Watershed/coastal science and engineering

Chris Calkins,

Our nation faces many challenges, including the threat posed to people, property, and infrastructure in vulnerable geographic settings.  While specific circumstances may vary, this vulnerability is often associated with proximity to water. Shifting weather patterns have contributed to increases in precipitation quantity, intensity, and duration, leading to stormwater issues,...

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International Oil Spill Conference

Dr. Lyle Trumbull (R) and Kyle Kolwaite (L) presented at the International Oil Spill Conference

OBG recently took part in the International Oil Spill Conference on May 15-18, 2017 in Long Beach, California. This conference provides a forum for professionals from the international response community, private sector, government, and non-governmental organizations to come together to exchange ideas and lessons learned...

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Do I need a permit?

Chris Kriegner,

Many projects require approval from one or more regulatory agencies before implementation can begin. Approvals are typically granted in the form of a permit, which may be required for a host of reasons, including planned emissions or discharges, withdrawals or resource use, building and construction, or proposed disturbance to...

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Earth Day 2017, A personal reflection

Two of the people who I closely associate as professional mentors—former OBG employees Ted Tifft and Stu Spiegel—previously commemorated the 20- and 40-year anniversaries of Earth Day for OBG. Long before I knew them, however, my interest in protecting the environment was shaped by events that...

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Sustainable remediation incorporating ecological restoration

The Onondaga Lake Superfund restoration program in Syracuse, New York has provided an opportunity to refine and develop new ecological restoration approaches. Lessons from Onondaga Lake can be broadly applied to other programs, particularly in urban and postindustrial settings. In Lessons Learned in Sustainable Remediation Incorporating Ecological Restoration, a presentation...

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Annual Georgia Environmental Conference

OBG recently presented an Early Session Workshop during the Annual Georgia Environmental Conference (GEC) on August 24, 2016 in Jekyll Island, GA. The workshop on emergency response management, moderated by OBG's Larry Mailzzi, PG, featured speakers from Gallagher Marine Systems, Moran Environmental Recovery,...

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Chris Kriegner presents at WODCON XXI

Chris Kriegner, PMP, a scientist at OBG and expert in natural resource management, recently presented at the 21st World Dredging Congress & Exhibition WODCON XXI—the only global event dedicated exclusively to dredging and maritime construction. Kriegner joined more than 120 other professionals presenting on dredging related developments and projects from...

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