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For Waterborne Staff, Every Day is Earth Day

Posted by Jenn Collins on April 20, 2021

A passion for the environment is an unspoken pre-requisite for anyone working in the environmental science and engineering world, and our own Waterborne staff certainly passes this test. In true Waterborne style that embraces the Earth Day mission, we spend most of professional lives focused on finding solutions to the next big environmental issue… And then spend our spare time contributing to environmental activities in own communities. We are dedicated!

As an example, the staff in our headquarters in Leesburg, Virginia devotes weekends and evenings volunteering with a number of locally-faced environmental groups supporting wildlife and the land. It’s not uncommon to find a Waterborne team volunteering with the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy (LWC) on projects such as its annual bird monitoring program. Nothing builds camaraderie like counting bluebird boxes!

When not in the office, Amy Ritter, our Principal Water Resources Engineer, can often be found monitoring LWC programs for birds, butterflies, and amphibians, as well as tree-planting efforts. Gerco Hoogeweg, our COO and Soil & Water Quality Scientist, also contributes his time to LWC monitoring programs. Gerco also manages the JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary, home to a globally unique wetlands system. In addition to LWC, Pat Holden, Waterborne’s Co-Founder, spends his time contributing to the Unity with Nature Committee at Goose Creek Friends, as part of the trail crew with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, and as a member of the Loudoun Beekeepers Association. In keeping with our passion for clean water, our Virginia staff members have volunteered and donated their time toward local clean-up or monitoring programs for the Potomac River, Goose Creek, and Virginia Volunteer Stream monitoring. 

Our Virginia office isn’t alone in its dedication to giving back to our environmental communities, locally and as a whole! With offices across the USA and clients worldwide, our staff members have been able to contribute countless hours toward protecting Mother Earth. For example, Greg Goodwin, Senior Agricultural Engineer in our Champaign, Illinois office, is passionate about stewardship activities for the balance of the Earth’s natural resources. He serves on the Board of Directors for a non-profit organization (They InHerit) dedicated to providing sustainable water resources to support communities and infrastructure in developing countries. Kate Marincic, who recently relocated to Vermont, volunteers her time to programs in and around the Mad River Valley, including clean-up efforts, riparian planting, trail maintenance, and workshops. In southeastern Massachusetts, Waterborne’s Lead Scientist, Jennifer Collins, takes part in local clean-up efforts as well as the Blue Hills Climate Action Coalition.

These are but a few of the ways our Waterborne staff gives back to the environment—beyond our professional work. We’re proud of the way our environmental scientists and engineers integrate our passion for the environment into their daily lives while investing in our local communities.  It is through this passion that we can claim that every day is Earth Day here at Waterborne. 

Photo of an indigo bunting observed during a survey of the globally unique wetlands
of JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary in Loudoun County, VA.
Photo Credit: Gerco Hoogeweg
Photo of a common buckeye butterfly observed during a survey of the wetlands of
JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary in Loudoun County, VA.
Photo Credit: Gerco Hoogeweg
Photo of a spotted salamander from the
Loudoun Amphibian Monitoring Program.
Photo Credit: Amy Ritter