GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc. (GZA). a multi-disciplinary firm providing geotechnical, environmental, ecological, water and construction management services, has acquired Ecosystem Consulting Service (ECS), a provider of nature-based water-quality management solutions for drinking water supplies and recreational lakes and ponds.
ECS President Robert W. Kortmann will become a senior consultant at GZA, and ECS will initially operate from its current Coventry, Connecticut, location as a division of GZA.
Specializing in “applied limnology’’ — implementing solutions based on the branch of science that studies biological, chemical and physical features of lakes and other bodies of fresh water — for more than 40 years, ECS has developed natural solutions for preventing cyanobacteria and other algal blooms, controlling invasive plant and fish species and solving issues of drinking-water taste, odor, safety and quality. ECS has successfully completed hundreds of projects in New England, across the nation and Brazil, and developed dozens of watershed-based Plans to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulatory requirements for water suppliers.
“Bob Kortmann and his team at ECS add deep experience and expertise to GZA’s water resources, ecology, field biology, and natural-resources management teams,” GZA CEO Patrick Sheehan said. “ECS’ ability to develop nature-based solutions to improve water quality in reservoirs, lakes, ponds and watersheds is second to none, and we’re proud to welcome them to the GZA family.”
ECS is a member of the American Water Works Association, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, American Fisheries Society, and North American Lake Management Society. Dr. Kortmann holds four U.S. patents for water-quality-related technologies, and ECS has been honored with the EPA’s Innovation Technology Award for its Layer Aeration solution for water supply reservoirs and recreational lakes.