weinkam_betsy

Senior Environmental Biologist

Years of Experience: 35

Education/Training

  • B.S. Biological Science, 1979
  • Rosgen Level III: River Assessment and Monitoring, 1995
  • Rosgen Level II: River Morphology and Applications, 1993
  • Rosgen Level I: Applied Fluvial Geomorphology, 1993
  • Soil Bioengineering, 1994
  • Wetland and Watershed Hydrology, 1993
  • Hydric and Hydromorphic Soils, 1991

Registrations/Certifications

  • ACOE Certified Wetland Delineator, 1993
  • MD DNR Certified Forest Conservationist, 1993
  • MDE Registered Environmental Sanitarian, 1985

Highlights of Experience

Betsy is a seasoned Environmental Biologist with 34 years of experience. She leads a team of highly qualified scientists providing a wide range of natural resources management support and solutions. An environmentalist dedicated to educating, servicing and informing clients, Betsy delivers the expertise and leadership needed to navigate complexities of local, State and Federal regulations and requirements. Highlights of Betsy’s experience include:

Leadership
  • serves as Environmental Manager for the Intercounty Connector, managing multiple construction contracts, environmental design reviews, NEPA clearances, permitting, environmental construction compliance, environmental & community stewardships, reforestation, and environmental mitigation
  • leads staff of experienced scientists, many of whom are experts in their disciplines, providing quality natural resources management services
  • ensures team members are trained and knowledgeable in latest regulations, techniques, and technology
  • manages complex projects requiring significant coordination and a broad range of knowledge and skills
  • establishes, demonstrates, requires and maintains excellent standard of quality control for all work performed by CRI
Permitting and Regulation Management
  • provides leadership, experience and credibility needed to identify and implement best approach to meeting environmental requirements
  • acts as environmental manager for projects, providing a vital link with regulators to ensure that wetlands, forests and other environmental concerns are addressed and impacts are minimized
Mitigation
  • delivers extensive experience selecting appropriate mitigation sites to best replace the functions of impacted wetland or forest
  • designs wetland and stormwater management mitigation systems, including:
    • developing planting and grading plans
    • selecting native plant species
    • writing planting specifications
    • monitoring and performance plans
Field Studies
  • leads and manages scientists conducting field studies including:
    • tidal and nontidal wetland delineations
    • functional assessments
    • water quality and stream evaluations
    • vegetative community identifications
    • forest stand delineations
    • rare, threatened and endangered species studies
    • wildlife and habitat surveys
    • soil evaluations
NEPA & Other Environmental Documents
  • prepares natural resources portions of numerous NEPA and other documents including:
    • Natural Environmental Technical Reports
    • Environmental Assessments
    • Environmental Impact Statements
    • Forest Stand and Wetland Delineation Reports
    • Chesapeake Bay Critical Areas Reports
Other Aquatic and Terrestrial Systems
  • evaluates other aquatic and terrestrial systems, applying EPA’s Rapid Bioassessment Protocol to numerous stream systems to assess physical characteristics, water quality, habitat and macroinvertebrate populations
  • uses applied fluvial geomorphology to classify streams (Rosgen method) according to channel geometry, sinuosity, width/depth ratio, bankfull and floodprone calculations and other morphological parameters to gauge stream stability which can be a vital tool in designing restoration projects