LINCOLN, NEBRASKA – Patrick Hartman joined JEO Consulting Group, Inc. on September 15 as a project engineer in the water resources engineering department. With four years of experience, Hartman brings a diverse and developed understanding of watershed planning and environmental restoration. In addition to significant experience in project funding management, he also possesses extensive knowledge of state and federal funding sources.
As a project engineer, Hartman will primarily work on the development and implementation of watershed management plans, through which he can apply his unique work experience with the administration of the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) 319 Program. He will also play a significant role on stream bank and urban drainage projects.
The newest member of JEO’s water resources department, Hartman is looking forward to his new role. “I’m drawn to green and natural solutions to environmental problems and this position will allow me to work directly with these projects,” Hartman said. “Having previously helped fund such projects, I’m excited to play a more hands-on role and work on the implementation of these restorations.”
Prior to joining JEO, Hartman was a program coordinator for the NDEQ, where he coordinated two major water planning programs. As the coordinator of the Non-Point Source Management Program, Hartman administered approximately $1,300,000 in grant awards and assisted in the development of water quality projects with governmental and non-profit entities. As the coordinator of Nebraska’s Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Program, Hartman worked with large amounts of water quality and flow rate data to develop TMDLs and the state’s integrated report. He also worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure the program met regulatory requirements.
“Patrick’s knowledge and experience will prove to be a tremendous asset for our clients, particularly the NRDs we work with,” said water resources engineering department manager Kevin Kruse. “He brings a unique background in coordinating watershed planning projects with all stakeholders, including the EPA, and will be instrumental in guiding the implementation of these important water quality planning projects.”
Hartman holds both a master’s degree (with a water and environmental focus) and bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He is also a registered professional engineer in Nebraska.