Darlene Siegel Joins ESA


ESA is pleased to announce that Darlene Siegel has joined our Portland Office as Senior Aquatic and Fisheries Biologist. Darlene will work with our team of environmental hydrologists, restoration engineers, biologists, and landscape architects to develop integrated, practical, and sustainable restoration solutions.

“Darlene brings in-depth knowledge of restoration practices from both a consulting and regulatory perspective,” said Paul Agrimis, RLA, PE, PWS, ESA Landscape Architecture Program Leader. “Bringing nearly two decades of experience specializing in aquatic habitat restoration projects, Darlene has partnered with many of the Northwest’s federal, tribal, state, and local governments, non‐profits, watershed councils, and conservation groups.” Darlene began her career protecting headwater streams and has since worked her way downstream to focus her efforts on the tidal marshes and floodplains of west coast estuaries.

From partnering with clients to analyze and prioritize habitat and aquatic restoration sites, to adaptive management and analysis of post-restoration effectiveness, Darlene is well-versed in all aspects of habitat restoration. She has managed large multidisciplinary teams to restore estuarine, riverine, and wetland ecosystems throughout the west coast. A natural leader, Darlene is able to effectively communicate complex ideas and achieve consensus with a variety of stakeholders. A former Natural Resources Specialist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, she managed the restoration, monitoring, and outreach programs with the objective of restoring and enhancing self-sustaining populations and the habitats of native salmonids.

Darlene has worked with clients to restore riverine and estuarine habitats, develop stream mitigation bank programs, and improve fish passage and salmonid habitats for clients including the Columbia River Estuary Taskforce, the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and City of Portland, and the Nature Conservancy among others.

Press Release: Darlene Siegel Joins ESA