Bridgette 2014 croppedSenior Environmental Scientist/Team Leader

Years of Experience: 20

Education/Training

  • B.S. Natural Resources Management, 1995
  • Eastern Mountains & Piedmont Regional Supplemental Wetland Delineation Training, 2010
  • Maryland Biological Stream Survey (MBSS), Benthic & Fish Sampling, 2002-2004, 2006, 2009
  • MBSS, Benthic Macroinvertebrate Taxonomy Workshop, 2002
  • Impacts of Forest Corridors in the Community, 1999
  • MBSS Symposium, 1999
  • Water Quality Sampling Program Design Workshop, 1999
  • NRCS Forestry Workshop, 1997
  • Critical Area Planting, 1997
  • Wetland Delineation, 1997
  • Marine Biology studies, 1993

Registrations/Certifications

  • DNR Forest Conservation Qualified Professional, 2009
  • MBSS Fish Taxonomy Exam, Qualifying Score, 2009 & 2010
  • Environmental Compliance & Awareness Training (ECAT) #1253, 2007
  • Personnel Certification for Erosion and Sediment Control, 1997

Highlights of Experience

Bridgette is a highly trained and experienced Senior Environmental Scientist/Team Leader with 20 years of experience in leading field studies and environmental assessments in support of the NEPA process, water quality monitoring, document and report preparation, mitigation site searches and permitting. Highlights of Bridgette’s experience include:

Field Studies

Conducts a wide variety of field studies including:

  • performs forest stand delineations (FSD) using State and County guidelines and regulations
  • prepares Natural Resources Inventory/FSD and Forest Conservation Plans (FCP)
  • conducts field delineations of tidal and nontidal wetlands and assesses wetland functions using the New England and Evaluation for Planned Wetlands methodologies
  • collects benthic macroinvertebrates, fish, water quality, and aquatic habitat data
Document and Report Preparation

Delivers extensive experience preparing a variety of documents including:

  • compiles and researches environmental data for technical reports, Environmental Impact Statements, Major Investment Studies, and Natural Environmental Inventories
  • conducts technical field work and agency coordination in preparation of the natural resources portion of NEPA documents
  • writes and assesses the existing conditions and environmental consequences associated with natural resource portion of NEPA
Mitigation
  • conducts mitigation site searches for both tidal and non-tidal wetlands that include infrared photo interpretation, soil evaluations, development of site database tools, and agency coordination
  • conducts field studies to assess topography, vegetation, land cover, soils, and sources of hydrology
  • prepares mitigation site search reports as part of the NEPA process
Permitting
  • identifies and prepares permitting strategies that are needed to fulfill the project’s goals and to satisfy federal and state requirements for impacts to natural resources
  • coordinates with local, state, and federal agencies associated with the permitting process that include Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission (CBCA), National Marine Fisheries (NMF), Maryland Department of the Environment Wildlife and Heritage Division (MDNR-WHD) and the Environmental Review Unit (ERU), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to discuss time sensitive resource issues such as Essential Fish Habitat (EFH), anadromous fish species, and rare, threatened, and endangered species (RTE)
  • initiates early dialogue with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) and Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to understand their concerns, discuss the permitting strategy and schedule, and schedule a Joint Evaluation meeting.