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Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit

Larry Malizzi

OBG, Part of Ramboll experts recently took part in the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary’s Science and Environmental Summit on January 27-30, 2019 in Cape May, New Jersey. Held every two years, the summit focuses on developing practical solutions to challenges facing the tidal Delaware River and Bay. This year’s summit, themed Estuary 2029: Saving Our System Through Collaboration, featured dozens of experts and more than 100 presentations about clean water, healthy habitats, shellfish, and tidal wetlands.

During the summit, Larry Malizzi and Mike Rondinelli shared OBG, Part of Ramboll’s natural resource and restoration expertise. The company is involved in natural resource investigation and restoration projects across the U.S., including the Delaware River and Estuary.

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Natural Resource Damage Assessment Restoration: North Breton Island, Louisiana [PDF]
Larry Malizzi

Larry discussed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service project at North Breton Island that is restoring beach, dune, and back barrier marsh habitats to support breeding birds, and helping to compensate the public for spill-related injuries and losses to these resources as part of the Deepwater Natural Resource Damage claim settlement.

Mike Rondinelli

Improving Water Quality for Trout in the West Branch Delaware River [PDF]
Mike Rondinelli

Mike discussed a plan for a thermal impact study at a global food company’s manufacturing facility to evaluate potential adverse impacts to brown trout movements in the West Branch Delaware River. The plan will evaluate the extent to which the facility discharge presents a thermal barrier to brown trout migration to preferred spawning areas. The upcoming study will utilize a 3D computational fluid dynamics model to support development of an alternative effluent temperature limit that can be incorporated into the facility’s State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit.

About Larry Malizzi, PG: Larry has extensive experience in spill planning, drills, and response, natural resource damage assessment, endangered species, and habitat restoration. He is the Board Secretary of the Spill Control Association of America, on the Board Executive Committee of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, and a Past President of the Potomac-Chesapeake Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Larry has spoken extensively on spills and other environmental topics in the U.S., Canada, and European Union. Larry can be contacted at: Lawrence.Malizzi@obg.com.

About Mike Rondinelli: Mike is an ecologist with 26 years of environmental consulting experience in the core areas of ecological and human health risk assessment, sediment and water quality investigations, and environmental permitting/licensing, with specialization in investigations of anthropogenic impacts on aquatic systems. Mike can be contacted at: Michael.Rondinelli@obg.com.