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Sam Arden

Senior Environmental Engineer

Solving today’s complex environmental challenges is a daunting task. It requires the delicate balancing of many competing factors, from cost and convenience to public health protection and resource allocation. At ERG, I am fortunate to be able to work on projects that get to the core of this balance, surrounded by clients and colleagues who are equally passionate about finding mindful, objective solutions for our complex world.


Dr. Sam Arden has worked for over 10 years on water resource projects occupying the space where water meets the urban environment. At ERG, his projects range from sustainability assessments of future urban water management strategies to stormwater permitting support for federal clients. With a background in systems ecology, he enjoys bringing a systems perspective to each problem-solving opportunity.

Sam holds a B.S. in coastal engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology, as well as an M.E. and Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Florida. His time at UF was spent in the H.T. Odum Center for Wetlands, where his studies and environmental perspective were informed by emergy, systems thinking, and long hours wading through wetlands. His doctoral work was supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Network for Environmental Management Studies Fellowship Program, through which he developed a collaborative relationship with Office of Research and Development staff that continues in his work at ERG today. When not working on water, Sam enjoys being in the water, surfing in the cold Pacific Northwest.