Michael Harding, leader and pioneer in erosion control, joins Haley & Aldrich as a Technical Expert
Published on: May 30, 2018
Burlington, Mass., May 30, 2018 – Haley & Aldrich, an engineering and environmental consulting firm, today announced that Michael Harding, CPESC, has joined the firm as a Technical Expert, bringing over 40 years of global experience in erosion and sediment control, stormwater management, and revegetation. Harding is one of the nation’s leaders in the evaluation, research, development, and application of cost-effective erosion control materials and techniques. He has made significant contributions to the body of knowledge related to the effectiveness of alternative approaches to erosion control through field and laboratory testing.
Harding has led emergency soil stabilization efforts following over 70 fires and major disasters, including two of four of California’s largest wildfires on record. His post-disaster efforts have involved post-fire hazard assessment, technical and financial guidance, as well as design and implementation oversight of mitigation and revegetation strategies. Harding’s other areas of expertise include mine reclamation, stormwater pollution prevention plan reporting, compliance auditing, construction National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System support, expert witness and arbitration support, and nonpoint source pollution control.
“Between Mike’s impressive expertise and leadership in the fields of post-fire assessment, mine reclamation and erosion control and his interest in sharing his knowledge with others, we see tremendous opportunities for our clients, and we are pleased to have him as part of the Haley & Aldrich team,” said Bob Scott, Senior Associate and Hydrogeologist at Haley & Aldrich. “Mike shares the mission, vision, and values we hold here at Haley & Aldrich. He will be a valuable asset for us to continue to partner with our clients to help them solve their most complex challenges now and in the future.”
Harding has contributed to numerous training and certification courses, including the Certified Professional in Erosion & Sediment Control™ review course and examination offered by EnviroCert International. He co-designed and supervised construction of the San Diego State University Soil Erosion Research Laboratory and directed research there from 1998-2003. Harding has worked in the U.S. and internationally including projects in Malaysia, Indonesia, New Guinea, Russia, and Madagascar. From 2004-2006, he was the Expedition Leader for the Flight of Discovery, an aerial exploration of the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail.
Harding is an active member and three-time past President of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) and former Chief Operating Officer for the IECA’s International Regional Council. Harding has a B.S. degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from Purdue University where he also completed Post-Graduate Studies in Psychology/Ethology.
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