Christopher Fitzer Joins ESA as Fisheries Program Manager


Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading California environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Christopher Fitzer has joined our Sacramento Office as Fisheries Program Manager. Chris’ expertise naturally bridges ESA’s existing service areas of aquatic ecosystem restoration and enhancement, water resources, water supply, land use, and wastewater planning and management, water rights applications, flood control and levee setbacks, natural resource planning, environmental permitting and CEQA/NEPA compliance. Chris will collaborate with ESA’s restoration team, leading impact analyses on a variety of project types, and continuing to lead large, complex studies in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and elsewhere.

“Our ongoing and future work demands excellence in fisheries and aquatic ecology,” said Erich Fischer, California Biological Resources and Land Management Leader. “Chris is well known for his work in Delta science, has established relationships to navigate the diverse and complex regulatory and stakeholder environments, and provides the experience necessary to lead our team of Northern California fish biologists and aquatic ecologists.”

Chris brings over 17 years of experience developing innovative approaches to fisheries investigations, aquatic habitat evaluation and restoration, fish barrier assessment and restoration, hydrologic and water quality data and model interpretation, and working knowledge of California water management issues. He is proficient in federal Endangered Species Act Section 7 and California Endangered Species Act Section 2081 compliance. Chris brings a unique perspective to projects based on his experience working as a consultant for public and private firms, the Environmental Defense Fund, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the USDA Forest Service.

Chris is a member of the American Fisheries Society. He holds a Masters in environmental planning focused in watershed/water resource planning from the University of Colorado, and a Bachelor of Arts in geography with a biogeography concentration from Texas Tech University.

Press Release: Christopher Fitzer Joins ESA as Fisheries Program Manager