Water Quality and Resource Management

ERG’s water quality practice answers vital questions and provides cost-effective solutions to preserve and improve the nation’s waters. Our engineers and scientists are skilled at characterizing both point and non-point source discharges, and at assessing and modeling the quality of surface waters and associated impacts to human and ecological receptors. Based on such assessments, we regularly develop technology options, best practices, and policy recommendations to address water pollution problems. ERG’s water resource experts help clients implement water conservation programs and manage water resources. We develop product specifications and certification programs for water efficient products. In addition, we assess the effectiveness of programs and recommend policies to better balance competing demands on water resources, including wetlands, coastal shorelines, and our nation’s rivers and groundwater. We routinely help our clients develop innovative solutions to meet new challenges and priorities, such as emerging contaminants and climate change impacts.

Water Pollution Control
  • Process evaluation
  • Pollution control technology assessments
  • Point source characterization
  • Field sampling support
  • Groundwater monitoring, modeling, and sampling
  • Engineering cost estimation
  • Treatability testing
Regulatory Development and Permitting
  • Regulatory option evaluation
  • Cost/benefit analyses
  • Environmental impacts analysis
  • Preparation of public dockets
  • Evaluation and organization of public comments
  • Litigation support
  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting
Stormwater Management
  • NPDES permit development
  • Stormwater management program assessments
  • Evaluation of industrial, construction, and municipal pollution prevention
  • State-wide and regional stormwater program assessments
  • Stormwater model training
Water Sustainability
  • Water efficiency and conservation
  • Water and wastewater reuse
  • Green infrastructure planning and assessment
  • Climate change adaptation
Ocean and Coastal Protection
  • Coastal wetlands loss reduction strategies
  • Shoreline management
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Economic and social impact analyses
  • Marine debris prevention
  • Vessel sewage regulatory controls
  • Invasive species mediation from ships
Watershed Management/Water Quality Assessments
  • Integrated water resources needs assessments
  • Watershed-based green infrastructure planning and benefits assessment
  • Coastal water quality trends analyses
  • Coastal wetlands protection and restoration needs assessments


Service Area Leads

Deb Bartram

From an early age when I volunteered to clean up trash in local waterways, I’ve been passionate about improving water quality. I’m excited about innovative options for controlling industrial discharges and enjoy the constant challenge of finding and applying ever more cost-effective and environmentally beneficial solutions.

Deb Bartram

Debbie Falatko

Our nation’s ocean and coastal waters are affected by a multitude of threats that have caused tremendous environmental, economic, and social impacts. I have been fortunate throughout my career to have helped find solutions to mitigate these threats, and I look forward to working on future challenges.

Debbie Falatko

Wes Ganter

Protecting and restoring water quality has been my career-long mission. I feel so fortunate to have had great mentors and customers, opportunities to serve throughout the U.S. and abroad, and the privilege of mentoring a new generation of water quality professionals. Watching my company, PG Environmental, grow, thrive, and ultimately find such a perfect match with ERG has been equally rewarding. Looking forward, I am excited to tackle the water quality issues of the future.

Wes Ganter

Arleen O'Donnell

I cherish the connection with nature I feel from the strength of the ocean, the run of a river, the serenity of a lake, the intensity of estuaries, and the magic of vernal pools. It’s from this sense of appreciation that I apply my knowledge, experience, and passion to protect and restore the ecological integrity of water resources.

Arleen O'Donnell

Chi Ho Sham Photo

Growing up in Hong Kong, I developed an appreciation of the importance of economic development while witnessing the drastic environmental and public health degradation it can cause. Inspired by this early experience, I have focused my life’s work at the intersection of environmental and economic issues. I feel fortunate to work collaboratively with so many devoted, creative, and smart individuals in seeking solutions in the balance of these often opposing public needs.

Chi Ho Sham

Roy Sieber

I am fascinated by the interaction of human behavior and technology, and the resulting impact on the environment. I really enjoy trying to understand and influence those interactions to create a more sustainable economy.

Roy Sieber