Dr. Gerrit Platenkamp Joins ESA’s Northern California Team


Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Dr. Gerrit Platenkamp has joined the firm as Northern California Director of Biological Resources and Land Management in our Sacramento office. Gerrit joins our growing team of more than 70 professionals firm wide who specialize in biological resources, fisheries science, resource management, wetlands studies, habitat restoration, permitting, and monitoring. 
“Gerrit has been involved in many of Northern California’s most complex natural resource plans and projects,” said Erich Fischer, ESA’s California Biological Resources and Land Management Practice Leader. “His technical expertise and leadership analyzing biological resources at programmatic and project levels will help our clients to understand the implications of their decisions in an ever increasingly complex regulatory environment.” 
Gerrit brings clients the culmination of 22 years of experience in environmental consulting including habitat restoration planning and design, conservation planning, CEQA/NEPA, Endangered Species Act, and Clean Water Act compliance. He gained a thorough understanding of the biological resources of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) serving as a senior biologist for preparation of the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan EIR/EIS, Delta Plan EIR, CALFED Bay-Delta Program PEIR/EIS, CVPIA PEIS, and related habitat restoration planning projects. He has extensive experience with the San Joaquin River Restoration Program, including mapping of jurisdictional wetlands and historical and current riparian vegetation, developing restoration strategies, and conducting impact assessments for biological resources. Gerrit has served as the technical lead or project manager on a variety of habitat restoration-related tasks for flood management programs in the San Francisco Bay Area, Delta, and Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys, including the Feather River Regional Flood Management Plan, the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan, the Yolo County Integrated Regional Water Management Plan, and the Downtown San Jose Guadalupe River Flood Control Project. He has managed Endangered Species Act compliance tasks for major water projects, including Section 7 consultation for the Long-term Coordinated Operation of the CVP and SWP, Long-Term Water Transfers and the Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project. Prior to joining ESA, he directed the restoration and GIS teams for large publically held professional service firms.  
Gerrit holds a doctorate in ecology from the University of California at Davis, and a Master of Science in animal and plant ecology and a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. He is an active member of the Floodplain Management Association and California Society for Ecological Restoration.