Howard Cumberland, a Senior Principal at Geosyntec, is a Marine Scientist with more than 25 years of experience focused on remedial strategies for clients as well as developing and implementing remedial investigation, design, and restoration solutions associated with contaminated sediments and waterfront development activities. Howard routinely works with clients on strategic planning during negotiations with regulatory agencies and negotiations among other PRPs with divergent interests.
Focusing on waterfront properties, Howard provides strategic consulting services to owners and tenants on the evaluation, design and permitting of near shore, in-water activities such as contaminated sediment investigation and remediation, and maintenance dredging planning, and permitting for waterfront redevelopment. He has in-depth training and experience related to the ecological impacts associated with contaminated sediments and surface waters. He also has familiarity and experience with numerous state and federal regulatory programs that govern dredged material and contaminated sediments projects.
During his career, Howard has managed, designed, permitted, and implemented remedial investigations, feasibility studies, removal actions, remedial actions and post-removal, and remedial action monitoring for a variety of industrial, port, and public sector clients working under federal and state regulatory programs. He has successfully completed projects across the United States, and in Mexico, Guam, and Australia.
Throughout his career, he has pursued solutions involving innovative applications of proven technologies as well as emerging technologies to meet cleanup objectives while at the same time minimizing his client's operational impacts and the cost to achieve sediment remediation objectives. His emphasis on beneficial use has led to significant reductions in disposal costs at specific sites, and his understanding of the evaluation of contaminants and their sources, coupled with risk communication, has been essential to successfully gaining stakeholder support for his clients.