Sewall Hires Professional Wetlands Scientist Chester C. Bigelow, III

August 26, 2008 -- James W. Sewall Company is pleased to announce the hire of Chester C. Bigelow, III, PWS, as Senior Environmental Scientist. Mr. Bigelow brings to Sewall 25 years’ experience in aquatic and wetland ecology and environmental engineering, with a specialization in water quality monitoring, wetland restoration, and ecological conservation and management.

Prior to joining Sewall, Mr. Bigelow played a pivotal role in developing, implementing and managing critical water quality and protection programs at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, including the Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Program, Virginia’s Water Protection Permits Program, the Wetland Restoration Program, and most recently the Total Maximum Daily Load Program, which established bacterial contamination reduction targets for estuarine shellfish waters. In various positions as environmental engineer, wetland restoration ecologist, and compliance specialist, he trained and managed teams of staff in wetland restoration; guided regional offices and state and federal agencies in implementing water enforcement programs; and supervised the development and maintenance of enforcement program data and database systems. He has extensive grant writing, public speaking, and community outreach experience; and expertise in the ESRI Arc family of software tools. He is currently a member of the Society of Wetland Scientists and the American Ecological Society.

At Sewall, Mr. Bigelow will assist government, industry and commercial clients with environmental assessment, wetland delineation and functional assessment, spill response and damage assessment, field collection and statistical analysis of chemical and biological data, and state and federal environmental permitting.

According to Vice President Scott Graham, PE, “Chet’s background as an ecologist and wetland scientist, plus his experience as a former regulator, makes him a valuable addition to our Environmental Team. He will help Sewall be an even better advocate for our clients in Maine and throughout the eastern United States.”

Mr. Bigelow received an MS and BS in biology from the Virginia Commonwealth University and served in the US Marine Corps as Sergeant in the 2nd and 3rd Reconnaissance Battalions.

Founded in 1880, Sewall is an integrated team of geospatial, engineering and natural resource consultants who partner with clients to create practical, sustainable solutions. The company’s diverse portfolio is based on 100 years' experience in surveying, forestry consulting, and civil engineering; 60 years' in aerial mapping; and 20 years' in geospatial systems and software. In the last 10 years, Sewall’s offerings have expanded to include traffic, environmental, and marine engineering and, most recently, web services using Geospatial Web and portal technologies. For more information, contact: Patrick Graham, PE, Director of Project Development, at 207 827 4456;

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