Richard (Rick) Ernst, R.G., L.G., L.H.G. - Principal, Geologist

Rick has built his career on cultivating strong client relationships. Serving as their trusted advisor, he manages, plans, and implements hundreds of small and large environmental projects involving various organic and inorganic contaminants in soil, groundwater, sediment, and air. The breadth of Rick’s experience gives him a practical understanding of potential site issues, a specialized technical edge to assess and address contamination posing unacceptable risks, and the demonstrated ability to work within budget and time constraints to develop cost-effective remedies.

Rick’s goal to provide quality services in conjunction with his ability to listen to and work with clients to navigate environmental issues is attested by his retention of on-call contracts for Prosper Portland, the Port of Portland, and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality since the late 1990s.

  • Complex Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) and historical characterization
  • Environmental regulatory compliance
  • Environmental sampling and monitoring
  • Human health and ecological risk assessment
  • Remedial investigations, feasibility studies, risk assessments, and remedial actions
  • Sediment contaminant fate, transport, and forensics
  • Sediment evaluations
  • Site characterization
  • Technical support for litigation and allocation

“I interact with my clients to find out their real concerns. I keep their best interests in mind as I navigate issues and come up with practical solutions that draw on my decades of experience and site knowledge.”

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