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We're excited to announce the newest members of our team! First, we welcome Alexandra Garnett, our new Administrative Assistant, who joins us with a wealth of experience in streamlining operations and providing invaluable support. We're also delighted to have a familiar face rejoining us; Eric Libis, who has previously contributed to our projects, is back from Alaska for the summer to support our Aquatics team. And, we're thrilled to introduce four enthusiastic interns, each with a unique blend of academic and professional interests.

We eagerly anticipate the innovative ideas and fresh perspectives of our new team members, and look forward to achieving great things together.

Let's meet them!


Alexandra Garnett, Administrative Assistant

Alexandra brings a diverse professional background to Princeton Hydro, honing organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills from various roles, including as a receptionist and student office assistant. With a foundation in Early Childhood education and seven years of teaching Middle and High School English Language Arts, she's adept at interpersonal communication and fostering a supportive environment.

Alexandra also spent eight years supervising and managing doggie daycare and boarding facilities in New York and New Jersey, showcasing her customer service and organizational prowess. Now, Alexandra is eager to leverage her skills as an Administrative Office Assistant for our team!

In her spare time, Alexandra indulges her passion for professional wrestling, comic cons, and concerts, with the ultimate goal of seeing Beyoncé live again when she tours.


Eric Libis, Aquatics Specialist

Eric is deeply passionate about the outdoors. Living in Alaska has given him extensive hands-on experience with nature in all its forms. He has held various positions, including small engine mechanic, project manager, and U.S. Army service member. Having previously worked with Princeton Hydro's Aquatics Team in 2019 as an Aquatics Specialist, Eric is excited to return. He looks forward to contributing his extensive expertise to the field operations team and making a positive impact on a variety of projects.

Eric's love for the outdoors is evident in his diverse activities, which include hiking in the backcountry, mountaineering, rock, mineral, and fossil collecting, camping (both primitive and modern), boating, fishing, trail-building, and educating future leaders on the importance of preserving nature for all to enjoy.


Jade Gallagher, Communications Intern

Jade, a 2023 graduate of Pennsbury High School, is currently pursuing studies in Virginia Commonwealth University's Art Foundation Program, specializing in graphic design and art education. She is enthusiastic about leveraging her creativity to gain insights into the dynamics of the Princeton Hydro Marketing and Communications team.

In her free time, Jade enjoys sewing, cooking, and discovering new ways to express her artistic vision.


Daniel Goll, Engineering Intern

Daniel is currently a student at Temple University majoring in Civil Engineering and will enter his third year of studies in Fall 2024. With an expected graduation date of May 2026, Daniel will utilize the knowledge and experience gained during his time at Princeton Hydro to his future endeavors both while at Temple and post-graduation. Ultimately, he hopes to pursue a career in civil engineering with a focus on the ecological resources.

During his internship, he will be applying his engineering background to work in both the field and the office. The bulk of his internship will be focused within the Ecological Engineering group, for which he’ll provide general engineering support. Potential project work includes construction oversight of ecological restoration projects, as well as support for current dam removal projects led by Princeton Hydro. Throughout his time as an intern, Daniel will work closely with licensed professional engineers and environmental scientists to see firsthand the project management process and technical skills required for successful project implementation and completion.


Kaitlyn Jones, Aquatics Intern

Kaitlyn graduated from Delaware Valley University in 2024 with a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Botany. Prior to joining Princeton Hydro as an intern for the Aquatics Team, she interned with the Valley Forge Watershed Association, where she conducted research on water quality.

In her leisure time, Kaitlyn enjoys reading, creating ceramics, and spending time outdoors with her dog.


Rachel Trokenheim, Aquatics Intern

Rachel is an intern with Princeton Hydro's Aquatics team. This fall, she will start her junior year at the University of Vermont, where she studies Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Conservation Biology and a minor in Geospatial Technologies. During her gap year, Rachel participated in a NOLS Leadership Expedition in the Rocky Mountains and volunteered in the Seychelles and South Africa on conservation projects.

Outside of work, Rachel enjoys outdoor activities like backpacking, geocaching, and paddling, as well as cooking, baking, and reading.


Our team is composed of individuals with academic training and extensive project experience in stormwater management, geotechnical investigation, hydrology and hydrogeology, aquatic and wetland ecology, fishery biology, population and community ecology dynamics, GIS, environmental design, and landscape architecture. Click here to read more about the Princeton Hydro team.

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Get ready to explore the hidden wonders of nature right in the heart of Flemington, New Jersey!

We are thrilled to announce BioBlitz 2024, an exciting 24-hour event dedicated to discovering and documenting the diverse species that call Flemington Borough home.

Mark your calendars for this immersive citizen science experience starting on Saturday, June 22nd at 11 AM and concluding on Sunday, June 23rd at 12 PM, hosted by Flemington DIY, with experts from Princeton Hydro and Hunterdon County Queer Birders.


What is a BioBlitz?

A BioBlitz is a community-driven event where volunteers and scientists come together to identify and record as many species as possible within a designated area over a short period. Unlike traditional scientific surveys that typically must be implemented by licensed professionals, a BioBlitz invites people of all ages and backgrounds to participate, fostering a connection between the community and its local environment. The goal is to create a snapshot of biodiversity, providing valuable data for ecological studies and conservation efforts.


Reasons to Participate in Flemington's BioBlitz

Discover Local Wildlife: Whether you're a seasoned naturalist or just curious about nature, this event offers a unique opportunity to explore Flemington's urban and natural landscapes. You'll have the chance to observe a variety of plants, animals, and other organisms, some of which you may have never noticed before.

Contribute to Science: By documenting species using the iNaturalist app, your observations will contribute to a growing database that helps scientists and researchers understand and protect local biodiversity. Your findings can make a difference in ongoing conservation efforts.

Connect with the Community: BioBlitz 2024 is a chance to meet fellow nature enthusiasts, learn from experts, and work together towards a common goal. It's a fun, educational experience for families, students, teachers, and anyone interested in the natural world.


The Importance of BioBlitz for Flemington

Located in the watershed of the South Branch of the Raritan River and home to sections of watershed attached to Prescott Brook, Bushkill Creek, Walnut Brook, and the First Neshanic River, Flemington's diverse environments offer a unique setting for this event. Residents of the Borough are highly encouraged to document the wildlife in their own backyards as part of the event.

Participating in the BioBlitz will help create a comprehensive baseline species list that can be compared with future studies and historical data. This information is crucial for understanding how local biodiversity changes over time and for making informed decisions about environmental conservation.

The idea for Flemington’s BioBlitz was inspired by Princeton Hydro Aquatic Ecologist Jesse Smith. Jesse’s vision of engaging the community in a collaborative effort to explore local biodiversity led to this inaugural event, hosted by Flemington DIY.

“My idea to do this BioBlitz came from an interest in knowing more about what was present in Flemington, with a hope that this event will help others become more interested in the natural world in their backyard,” said Jesse Smith, event coordinator, Flemington DIY volunteer, and Aquatic Ecologist at Princeton Hydro.


Event Details

Participants will be guided by knowledgeable experts from Princeton Hydro and Hunterdon County Queer Birders, with additional support from field guides and taxonomic keys to assist in identifying species.

This event will span 24 hours in order to provide participants an opportunity to document species that are more active at dusk, dawn, and at night. The event is free and open to all ages. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Location: Flemington DIY, 26 Stangl Road, Flemington, NJ

Start Date & Time: Plan to arrive at Flemington DIY on Saturday, June 22 at 11 AM to check-in and review important event details.

BioBlitz Timeframe:The documentation phase kicks off on June 22 at noon and wraps up on June 23 at noon. Although the event spans a full 24 hours, participants are not expected to be actively documenting the entire time. You can choose the times that best fit your schedule within this 24-hour window.

End Date & Time: Return to Flemington DIY on 6/23 at 12pm for the conclusion of the BioBlitz to review collected data and celebrate our findings!

What to Bring: Download the iNaturalist app on your smartphone for species identification. No prior expertise is required, and field guides will be provided. Wear comfortable shoes and bring rain gear just in case.

Princeton Hydro Environmental Scientist Ivy Babson created the logo and poster artwork for BioBlitz 2024. Designed by Princeton Hydro Environmental Scientist Ivy Babson

Whether you’re passionate about birds, plants and insects, curious about the natural world, or looking for a fun excuse to get outside, BioBlitz 2024 is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in Flemington’s rich biodiversity. Let’s come together to discover, learn, and contribute to our community’s natural heritage. For more information and to register for the event, please visit Flemington DIY's BioBlitz page.

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Today, we are delighted to celebrate the professional accomplishments of two team members, whose recent certifications exemplify their commitment to excellence and continuous learning. Their achievements reflect our organization's dedication to advancing expertise and maintaining high standards in our industry. By investing in their professional development, our team enhances our ability to deliver innovative solutions and uphold our mission of improving our ecosystems, quality of life, and communities for the better.


Amy McNamara, EIT became a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC).

The CPESC certification signifies expertise in erosion and sediment control, equipping professionals to develop effective site-specific plans and designs to mitigate environmental impact. It is the only professional certification recognized by the U.S. EPA that designates its holders as qualified to prepare stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPPs). To earn this certification, Amy met rigorous educational and practical experience standards, passed a comprehensive exam, and committed to ongoing professional development. This achievement emphasizes her proficiency in key areas such as regulatory compliance, permitting processes, erosion and sediment site planning, soil loss prediction, and runoff management. The CPESC certification demonstrates her ability to apply this extensive knowledge to ensure our projects are environmentally compliant and sustainable.

Amy has been with Princeton Hydro since 2008, providing civil engineering services for projects such as lake dredging, streambank and shoreline stabilization, dam removal, ecological restoration, and stormwater management. She specializes in project finalization, including bid specifications, construction cost estimating, construction oversight, and management. Her extensive construction experience ensures practical site designs, effective field adjustments, and accurate bidding to minimize implementation changes. Additionally, Amy supports engineering regulatory compliance for soil erosion, sediment control, dam safety, and flood elevation determinations, offering a holistic view from project concept to implementation.


Marissa Ciocco earned a Professional Engineer (PE) license in Connecticut.

The PE license is the engineering profession’s highest standard of competence, a significant symbol of achievement and assurance of quality. To become licensed, engineers must complete a four-year college degree, work under a Professional Engineer for at least four years, pass two intensive competency exams, and earn a license from their state's licensure board. Then, to retain their licenses, PEs must continually maintain and improve their skills throughout their careers.

Marissa, our Geotechnical Soils Testing Lab expert, also has her PE license in Delaware. She was recently featured in our "A Day in the Life" blog series, which showcased her work in our geotechnical laboratory.

A graduate of Rowan University holding a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a Bantivoglio Honors Concentration, she worked in the Construction Materials Laboratory as part of the CREATE’s Fellowship program, and participated in clinic projects such as a green roof feasibility study, testing the effects of water quality on masonry mortar, and the sustainability of converting organic waste feedstock into liquid biocrude. Marissa is passionate about working towards creating a more sustainable environment.


Congratulations to Amy and Marissa! To learn more about the Princeton Hydro team, click here.

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May 28: Pikes Peak Chapter of Trout Unlimited Membership Meeting

Pikes Peak Chapter of Trout Unlimited (PPCTU) strives to conserve, protect, and restore cold-water fisheries resources and their watersheds throughout the state of Colorado. On May 28, PPCTU will host its May Membership Meeting at the Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Wild Classroom. Princeton Hydro Senior Project Manager in Aquatics Chris Mikolajczyk, CLM is the Special Guest Speaker for the event. His presentation will highlight aquatic resource restoration and management, aquatic ecosystem investigations, and watershed modeling and overall management. Chris is a PPCTU board member and a board member of the Colorado Lake and Reservoir Management Association.

Get more info.


June 2-6: Society for Freshwater Science 2024 Annual Meeting

Join us for the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) 2024 Annual Meeting, taking place in Philadelphia, PA, at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown. This gathering marks the first SFS Annual Meeting since the pandemic, offering both in-person and virtual access options. The theme, "Connecting to Enhance Freshwater Science," underscores the importance of collaboration in addressing pressing environmental challenges specifically in the Delaware River Watershed. Participants will enjoy a variety of plenary sessions, including one about the ways in which climate change is impacting the monitoring and management of cyanobacteria (harmful algal blooms) in lakes, which will be led by Princeton Hydro's Senior Technical Director, Ecological Services Dr. Fred Lubnow. Participants can also engage in pre-conference field trips, evening social events, and a diverse educational program as well as connect with experts from a wide array backgrounds and disciplines to gain a deeper understanding of freshwater ecosystems.

Get more info and register.

June 5 & 6: Dam Removal - Design, Planning, and Implementation Rutgers OCEP Online Course

With the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act allocating $800 million for dam removal, there's an increasing demand for professionals equipped to handle these complex projects. This comprehensive Rutgers OCPE online course will enhance your knowledge of dam safety compliance and ecosystem restoration, addressing both U.S. and global perspectives. Featured topics include dam demolition techniques, hydraulic and sediment transport modeling, fish passage, project development, and stakeholder engagement. Participants will learn from the best in the field, including experts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, The Nature Conservancy, and Princeton Hydro - leading the course will be Geoffrey Goll, P.E. who brings over 30 years of experience and expertise in dam removal, having overseen more than 100 dam projects. The course is approved for 0.7 Rutgers CEUs (7 contact hours) as well as credits from a variety of professional organizations. Don't miss this opportunity to advance your expertise and stay at the forefront of dam removal and ecological restoration.

Get more info and register.

June 13: Pinelands Science Forum

We are a proud sponsor of the 2024 Pinelands Science Forum, titled "Forest and Climate Change." Hosted by the Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA), the one-day forum will explore the intricate relationship between forests and climate change, focusing on carbon absorption and forestry practices. Participants will hear presentations on the current and future impacts of climate change, strategies for mitigation and adaptation, and how the unique characteristics of the Pinelands region shape conservation strategies. Attendees will gather together in the PPA's historic diary barn, which was built in 1932 and recently renovated, to enjoy a light breakfast and lunch. The day also includes a brief tour of PPA's 72-acre Rancocas Creek Farm, where carbon sequestration techniques and chemical-free practices are implemented.

Get more info and register.

June 14: NYSFOLA Lower Hudson Regional Conference 2024

The New York State Federation of Lake Associations (NYSFOLA) invites you to join them for its Lower Hudson Regional Conference held on the shores of scenic China Pond in Putnam County. This year’s conference features lunch, networking opportunities, and educational presentations. Princeton Hydro’s Senior Manager in Aquatics, Chris Mikolajczyk, CLM is presenting, "Tried and True Lake Management Technologies – Or Are They?" Participants are invited to come share their ideas and experiences, speak with lake management experts, and connect with local community members.

Get more info and register.

June 15: 4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Princeton Hydro is proud to sponsor the 4th Annual Juneteenth Festival at Mercer County Park Festival Grounds. The free event, which is hosted by the African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County in partnership with the New Jersey Legislative District 15 and Mercer County Executive Dan Benson, is “more than just a festival,” incorporating displays of culture, collaboration, commerce, unity and education. Held from 12 – 8pm, the celebration includes youth art activities, health and wellness classes, cultural performances, a community bike ride, and a variety of vendors. Be sure to visit the Princeton Hydro booth - we are giving away native plants from Pinelands Nursery. We look forward to seeing you there!

Get more info.

June 20: Innovative Monitoring and Management Strategies for Cyanobacteria Harmful Algal Blooms - Virtual Seminar

Join the New Jersey Section - American Water Resources Association for an engaging seminar on "Innovative Monitoring and Management Strategies for Cyanobacteria Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)." Led by Princeton Hydro’s Senior Technical Director of Ecological Services, Dr. Fred Lubnow, this 1-hour virtual seminar will explore cutting-edge techniques for monitoring and managing HABs. Dr. Lubnow will discuss the impact of climate change on HABs, the role of nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen, and innovative identification and mitigation strategies such as remote sensing, drones, and non-copper-based treatments. Participants will gain valuable insights into advanced approaches for early detection and management of HABs, making this seminar essential for anyone involved in water resource and ecosystem management. This event is also qualified for 1 AICP CM self-reporting credit.

Get more info and register.

June 24-26: National Stream Restoration Conference

In New Orleans, Louisiana, Resource Institute is hosting its annual 3-day National Stream Restoration Conference on June 24-26. The event is themed "Stream Restoration: Shaping Tomorrow's Legacy Today" and is anticipated to attract over 700 stream restoration experts. An exhibitor hall and various education sessions will be available at the conference.

Princeton Hydro President Geoffrey M. Goll, P.E. is supporting Beth Styler Barry, Director of River Restoration at The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey in her presentation titled "Removal of the ER Collins Dams: Co-Benefits Include Fish Migration, Flood Reduction, Ecotourism and Public Safety." Geoff is also presenting a session titled "Dam Removal and Stream Restoration in the Urban Environment," which will focus on urban river systems and environmental justice impacts. Click here for the complete agenda. Get more info and register.

Stay tuned to our blog for more events!

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Did you know that New York State is home to a rich tapestry of natural waterbodies, including over 7,600 freshwater lakes, ponds, and reservoirs? Our team recently journeyed to Lake George, New York, to participate in the 41st annual conference of the New York State Federation of Lake Associations (NYSFOLA).

This year’s conference, themed “It Takes a Community to Protect a Watershed,” brought together environmental experts, lake management professionals, students, recreation enthusiasts, watershed advocates, and lake community members to advance the best available information and techniques for protecting and restoring New York’s watersheds. The two-day program featured a diverse exhibitor hall, networking events, a silent auction, a student poster session and a variety of presentations and workshops that combined science, policy, practical applications, and tangible resources.

Princeton Hydro, a proud sponsor of the conference, led two presentations during the “Climate Resilience and Your Lake" segment of the educational program:

Michael Hartshorne, Director of Aquatics, delivered an insightful presentation titled "Impacts of Climate Change on Lake Ecology," which delved into the significant role of climate change in shaping lake ecosystems. During the session, Michael highlighted key factors such as rising water temperatures, heightened frequency and severity of rainfall, depletion of dissolved oxygen, fluctuating patterns of algal blooms, and the migration of invasive species due to changing latitudinal conditions. His presentation underscored the necessity for evolving approaches to lake management in response to these profound ecological shifts.

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Dr. Fred Lubnow, Senior Technical Director of Ecological Services, presented "A Survey of the Ecology of Select Lakes and Ponds in Central Park, NYC," which provided an insightful overview of Princeton Hydro's water quality and ecological monitoring efforts conducted across lakes and ponds of Central Park from 2020 to 2023 for the Central Park Conservancy. These assessments revealed elevated nutrient levels driving planktonic algae, filamentous mat algae and in some cases high densities of aquatic plants, prompting the Central Park Conservancy and Princeton Hydro to collaborate on a tailored Management Plan. Fred’s presentation spotlighted the distinct ecological profiles of key sites, addressed the impact of cyanobacteria on both ecological dynamics and recreational usage, and provided practical management methods and techniques.

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Additional educational session topics included, Environmental Justice and New York Lakes, Community Leadership for Healthy Lakes in New York State, and iMap Invasive Species Workshop. Click here to view the complete agenda.

Founded in 1983, NYSFOLA is a not-for-profit coalition of lake associations, individuals, and corporate members dedicated to the protection and restoration of New York lakes. Princeton Hydro is the industry leader in lake restoration and watershed management. We have conducted diagnostic studies and have developed management and restoration plans for over 300+ lakes and watersheds throughout the country. Our long-standing partnership with NYSFOLA as a corporate member, annual conference sponsor, and active participant highlights our unwavering commitment to collaborative initiatives aimed at safeguarding our water resources. To learn more about our lake and natural resource management services and how we're contributing to a healthier environment, click here. 

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We are thrilled to announce that Geoffrey Goll, PE, President of Princeton Hydro, was honored with the "Catalyst for Sustainable Change Award" from Hold High The Torch, a remarkable nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) education and promoting health and wellness among youth, adults, and families. This award recognizes Princeton Hydro's exceptional contributions to advancing environmental education and inspiring future generations through active participation in Hold High the Torch’s innovative programs.

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Hold High the Torch is a 501(c)3 organization that aims to increase minority participation in STEAM careers. The organization's vision is to eliminate disparities in educational outcomes by exposing learners to the vast opportunities within STEAM fields. Through their mission to inspire, engage, and empower, Hold High the Torch creates a nurturing environment where every young mind can explore and thrive in these critical disciplines.

Geoffrey received this award on behalf of Princeton Hydro for the firm's active involvement in Hold High the Torch’s programs, specifically our engagement with the Eco Innovators for Youth STEAM Leaders Program. Last year, we had the privilege of hosting a group of bright students from Hold High the Torch at our Trenton Headquarters office. During their visit, our team at Princeton Hydro provided an engaging, hands-on, educational experience providing students with a deeper understanding of environmental stewardship and the importance of protecting water resources.

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"It was a pleasure share our passion for sustainability and to witness the students' enthusiasm and curiosity," said Geoffrey M. Goll, President, Princeton Hydro. "Receiving this award is an extraordinary honor. I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the incredible staff at Princeton Hydro who organized and executed our participation in the Eco Innovators for Youth STEAM Leaders Program. Their dedication and passion are the driving force behind our firm's efforts to make a lasting impact and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards. This award belongs to each of them, and I am immensely proud of what we have achieved together."

Geoffrey was presented the award at Hold High the Torch’s recent Cocktail Reception Fundraiser, held at the Princeton Country Club on May 15. The event brought together trailblazing businesses and entrepreneurs, all united in their commitment to supporting STEAM education and creating opportunities for future innovators. It was a night of celebration, collaboration, and shared vision for a brighter, more inclusive future.

STEAM education plays a crucial role in preparing students for the future, especially within overburdened communities where access to these resources can be limited. By promoting STEAM education, organizations like Hold High the Torch are breaking down barriers and providing students with the tools they need to succeed in an increasingly complex and technological world. This not only helps in closing the educational gap, but also ensures that a diverse range of voices and perspectives are represented in STEAM fields.

By supporting STEAM education, we are not only investing in the future workforce, but also in the future of our communities. To learn more about how to support Hold High the Torch and their mission, visit their website. An early introduction to STEAM  can significantly impact young lives, creating a nurturing pathway toward education and innovation. It fosters critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills, which are essential in today’s rapidly evolving job market. Together, we can eliminate barriers and cultivate an environment where every young mind has the opportunity to excel.

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With great enthusiasm, we introduce the newest member of the Princeton Hydro team: Michael McGraw, CSE, QAWB, ACE. He is a Senior Project Manager and Senior Wildlife Biologist in our Regulatory Compliance & Wildlife Surveys team who has with over 20 years’ experience designing and performing custom ecological assessments and wildlife surveys. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Mike for a Q&A session to delve into his new role, explore his aspirations for the future, and learn about what drives and inspires him.

Q: What aspect of your new position at Princeton Hydro excites you the most?

A: What really motivates me is the amazing work culture and supportive team environment. I’m also excited about the types of projects that Princeton Hydro engages in which prioritize conservation ethics in their project selection process.


Q: Can you describe a new strategy or idea that you're eager to implement at Princeton Hydro?

A: I am very proud to have contributed to the advancement and development of non-compliance-based wildlife studies over the past 15 years. This involves understanding the natural history of a particular site to guide ecological restoration and master planning. I hope to provide value-added services to ensure that decisions made on the landscape are beneficial to the wildlife. With this approach, we can ensure that the ecosystems we work on will benefit the wildlife.


Q: Prior to joining Princeton Hydro, what are some highlights from your career path?

A: In my professional work over the past decade, two aspects have brought me the most joy. First, working on extensive master plans, such as county-level park systems, large greenways, and vast conservancy lands, enables me to contribute my expertise in non-compliance-based ecological studies. These studies inform decisions that will shape the landscape for the next century.

Second, I find immense satisfaction in exploring the connection between humans and wildlife through research in working lands. My focus on adaptive multi-paddock grazing and farmlands aims to comprehend the significance of these practices in restoring soil health, water holding capacity, and water sequestration. This research holds the potential solution to saving grassland birds, which the U.S. is losing at an alarming rate. Being part of the research team that seeks to identify ways to save birds without compromising our food systems or the culture of family farming in America is truly a privilege.


Q: How did your passion for wildlife biology develop?

A: I’ll never forget the first time I found a Northern Red Salamander; it was like a spark animal for me. It was at a pocket park in Delaware County, PA. We all got babysat by the neighborhood babysitter. 30 kids would come check in afterschool and disappear, and I would just go to the park to catch little stream-side salamanders. The first time I found a Northern Red Salamander blew my mind, and I’ve been seeking that joy and wonder of discovery ever since.


Q: What's the most captivating wildlife phenomenon you've witnessed?

A: I’ve seen a lot of amazing things in the wild, but sometimes it’s as simple as witnessing the subtle communications between socially monogamous house finches. Just watching how they interact and feed their young is just astounding to me. It’s something that’s happening all around us, and we take it for granted.


Q: Outside of work, what activities or hobbies do you enjoy in your free time?

A: I have three incredible daughters who are exceptionally talented naturalists. The challenge lies in picking the right excursions that match their intellectual interests and physical capabilities. Figuring it out presents a unique joy in navigating outdoor activities with my kids.


Q: What’s your favorite native plant?

A: I absolutely love native plants. I have a 0.2 acre lot, where I immediately put 2,900 plugs that represent 75 native species. Honestly, it’s hard to say. Just like when people ask me what my favorite bird is, I tell them, “The one in front of me.”


Big thanks to Mike for generously sharing his insights and enthusiasm with us. His passion for wildlife biology and commitment to ecological restoration are truly inspiring. His expertise and dedication to conservation will undoubtedly make a significant impact here at Princeton Hydro! We eagerly anticipate the innovative strategies and valuable contributions he will bring to our projects. 

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Today, we're excited to showcase the achievements of four team members whose recent successes highlight their dedication and excellence in their respective fields, embodying the innovative spirit and expertise of Princeton Hydro.


Erin Bennett became a Notary Public in New Jersey.

As a Notary Public, Erin is now equipped to provide invaluable services, including witnessing signatures, administering oaths, and certifying documents. This new capability enhances her role as Proposal and Marketing Manager at Princeton Hydro, where she regularly manages multiple grant and proposal applications and coordinates the implementation process from project identification through to completion. Erin's ability to certify documents and ensure their legal authenticity streamlines the proposal process and adds an extra layer of trust and credibility to the projects she oversees. With this achievement, Erin not only showcases her dedication to upholding the highest standards of integrity and professionalism but also enhances her effectiveness in managing the intricate details of project documentation.

Erin has a wealth of experience working in the nonprofit sector, including roles at the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed, Blue Water Baltimore, and Sassafras River Association. Erin received her Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management with a minor in Political Science and Resource Economics, and her Master of Arts in Urban Affairs and Public Policy with an Urban and Regional Planning concentration, both from the University of Delaware. Learn more about Erin.


Thomas Hopper achieved a Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP®) certification.

The GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) is a nonprofit organization that promotes the advancement of proficient GIS professionals through its international GISP® certification program. GISCI fosters rigorous professional and ethical standards, community engagement, and professional mentoring within the GIS industry. To achieved certification, Thomas was required to pass a comprehensive exam, have four years equivalent full-time geospatial experience, and meet the GISCI Portfolio Requirements in education, experience, and contributions. 

In his role as Environmental Scientist and Project Manager of Restoration & Resilience at Princeton Hydro, Thomas specializes in providing comprehensive GIS support and analysis. His expertise encompasses spatial analysis, data management, and the creation of cartographic products. As a GISP®, Thomas demonstrates his commitment to ethical standards and professional excellence, further enhancing his contributions to the GIS field and fostering ongoing professional development. Learn more about Thomas.


Matt Kreines became a licensed FAA-Certified Commercial Drone Pilot.

A commercial drone pilot license, issued by the FAA, grants permission to conduct commercial drone operations in the United States. To become a licensed commercial drone operator, Matt was required to pass the Aeronautical Knowledge Test and apply for and obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate. To maintain his license, Matt must update his drone registration every 36 months as well as retake and pass the Aeronautical Knowledge Test every 24 months.

Drones are a helpful tool for environmental restoration initiatives because they can efficiently monitor project progress by collecting aerial data, including GIS information, that tracks information like vegetation growth, erosion rates, and site topography. Because drones can access remote and challenging terrain with minimal environmental impact they are a valuable tool for planning, managing, monitoring and assessing habitat restoration efforts.

As a Project Manager for the Princeton Hydro Field Services Team, Matt specializes in invasive species management, aeration installation and maintenance, lake and pond management, and operating and servicing Princeton Hydro's fleet of boats, vehicles, and speciality equipment, including our newest addition: The Marsh Master® 2MX-KC-FH. Learn more about Matt.


Cole Pragides is now a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM®).

The responsibilities of the nation's floodplain managers are evolving in response to rising disaster losses, a growing focus on mitigation strategies to break the cycle of damage-rebuild-damage, and a recognized demand for skilled professionals to address these pressing issues. In 1998, the Association of State Floodplain Managers introduced the national CFM® program to establish a standardized assessment of professional competence in floodplain management.

To become a CFM®, Cole was required to pass a rigorous exam that assesses knowledge and competency in various aspects of floodplain management, including floodplain regulations, mapping, flood insurance, flood hazard mitigation, and emergency management. To maintain certification, ASFPN requires CFMs to earn 16 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) during a two-year cycle.

Within his capacity as a Princeton Hydro Staff Engineer, Cole's attainment of this certification underscores his commitment to fostering synergies between engineering, environmental science, and ecology to promote a more sustainable ecosystem.


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The Brooklyn Bridge, a symbol of architectural excellence, spans the East River, connecting the vibrant boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Beyond its iconic presence, the construction of this masterpiece has a surprising connection to our firm. The roots of the Princeton Hydro headquarters building stretch back to the late 1800s; the first occupants of the building played a pivotal role in manufacturing and supplying the sturdy steel cables that formed the bridge's suspension system, an integral part of its enduring strength. Exploring the building's rich past, we discover a remarkable link to a legendary figure, bridging our current aspirations with the legacy of a woman who left an enduring mark on history.

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The Roebling Complex

The John A. Roebling's Sons Company was a wire rope manufacturing facility in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania founded in 1841. In 1848, the company relocated to Trenton, NJ along the Delaware & Raritan Canal and built a 25-acre complex of industrial buildings and facilities for wire rope manufacturing. This included the Carpenter's Shop (Building 110), the building that is now home to the Princeton Hydro's headquarters office, which manufactured specialty wooden products for the operation. The company quickly established itself as a notable employer in the city.

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The company gained international recognition for its expertise in wire, wire rope manufacturing, and bridge building. Additionally, their products were extensively utilized in various industries, commercial sectors, and consumer goods. Over 112 years, four generations of the Roebling family successfully managed the business, a remarkable and uncommon accomplishment in the corporate world.

John A. Roebling, the company's founder, was renowned for inventing the wire rope, which revolutionized the way we build bridges. The wire rope (or steel cable) was innovative as it replaced the bulkier and weaker hemp fiber rope that was used to haul canal boats. He also developed a technique for spinning cables in place rather than constructing pre-fabricated cables that required maintenance before actually being used. This enabled him to become the world's foremost builder of suspension bridges in the 19th century, and his bridges spanned major rivers despite skeptics who believed such feats were impossible.


Building the Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge construction started with an accident when the chief designer, John A. Roebling, had his foot injured by a ferry. He died of tetanus, and his son, Washington A. Roebling, who worked with his father on the Roebling Suspension Bridge over the Ohio River at Cincinnati and on the design of the Brooklyn Bridge, took over the project. Three years into construction of the longest suspension bridge in the world (at that time), Washington was incapacitated by "caisson disease." His wife, Emily Warren Roebling, took over and guided the completion of the bridge, which was one of the 19th century's most impressive architectural achievements. In honor of Women's History Month, we are spotlighting Emily Warren Roebling, whose groundbreaking contributions serve as an inspiring testament to the capabilities and achievements of women in history.

While Washington is widely credited for completing the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883, it's essential to equally acknowledge Emily's significant contributions. Her remarkable leadership, engineering acumen, and tireless dedication were pivotal in navigating the complexities of the Brooklyn Bridge's construction, ensuring its successful completion and solidifying her legacy as an engineering pioneer.

In his book "The Great Bridge," historian David McCullough describes Emily's multifaceted role as both a nurse and private secretary to her husband, taking over his correspondence and record-keeping. Additionally, she actively engaged in the bridge's construction, reviewing plans, visiting the site, and interacting with contractors and bridge officials. McCullough aptly summarized her contributions, stating that she served as "his eyes, his legs, his good right arm."

However, Emily's dedicated support also led to false rumors that her husband, Washington, had lost his mental faculties. Despite these challenges, Emily successfully fought to prevent Washington's removal as chief engineer nearing the bridge's completion. Washington, in turn, acknowledged his wife's invaluable contributions to the project. He later expressed his gratitude, acknowledging her as a "strong tower" and a wise counselor who supported him during difficult times.


Beyond the Brooklyn Bridge

Emily Warren Roebling's advocacy extended beyond her work on the Brooklyn Bridge with her husband.  A pioneering figure of the early 20th century, Emily championed women's equality in education, ownership rights, legal matters, and philanthropic endeavors. She actively participated in women's clubs, contributed to the World's Columbian Exposition, and was nominated for the presidency of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Her written papers addressed crucial topics such as philanthropy, settlement houses, and the importance of legal education for women. Her legacy continues to inspire, as a new generation of professional women, including lawyers and engineers, joined the suffrage movement after her demise in 1903. It is speculated that had she lived longer, she would have been a prominent leader in the women's suffrage movement. While her direct contributions remain unknown, the sight of female engineers proudly asserting their rights during rallies in academic attire would likely have brought a smile to her face. Emily's advocacy serves as a testament to the enduring power of equality, as subsequent generations of professional women carried her vision forward.


In our dynamic business landscape, we find inspiration in the tale of an extraordinary woman whose vision and tenacity shaped history. Her legacy reminds us that genuine success goes beyond material gains. It lies in the positive influence we leave on the world. Let us all strive to leave a lasting mark that echoes the timeless principles of integrity, resilience, and inclusivity.

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March 20: 2024 Achieving Climate Resilience Through Water Symposium

Join the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia for its day-long conference that convenes business-owners, professionals, and other interested parties working in the green stormwater infrastructure field and other fields related to water quality, equity, and climate resilience. The symposium will be held at the Science History Institute, and will include special guests and speakers, engaging technical sessions, and excellent opportunities for growing your networks. Princeton Hydro's Dana Patterson Grear and WSP's Elizabeth Treadway are presenting on, "Stormwater Utility: A Mechanism for Funding Green Stormwater Infrastructure Projects in Your Community".

Register for the symposium.

March 23: 2024 Watershed Congress

Presented by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, the 2024 Watershed Congress, will take place at the Montgomery County Community College in Pottstown. This year's conference includes an in-person program on March 23 along with several virtual sessions the week following. Attendees can select a full-access ticket, in-person only ticket, or virtual only ticket. The in-person program will be presented in three parts: a Keynote Speaker, Breakout Sessions, and a Closing Plenary. Presentation topics include native plants, riparian buffers, civic engagement for environmental protection, and “Converting a Pond into a Wetland Mosaic within a Public Park,” led by Emily Bjorhus, PWS.

Get more info and register.

March 27: Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Summit 2024

Registration is now open for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection‘s HAB Summit! This all-day, virtual seminar will be packed with important information about understanding, preventing and managing HABs. This year's Summit, "Unlocking the Puzzle of Harmful Algal Blooms," includes a keynote address and three educational sessions - "Growth Through Reflection: Lessons Learned," "Innovative Tools and Applications," and "Beyond the Numbers" - each featuring a variety of expert presentations. Princeton Hydro Senior Technical Directory of Ecological Services Dr. Fred Lubnow is presenting on "Quantifying Overwintering Cyanobacteria and How They May Impact the Monitoring and Management of HABs."

Get more info and register.

March 27: American Shad Webinar

Did you know that the American Shad is perhaps the preeminent, native, migratory fish of our Mid-Atlantic region? Join the Watershed Institute for an eye-opening webinar that shines a spotlight on this unique species. Led by The Watershed Institute's Executive Director, Jim Waltman, and Princeton Hydro's Senior Technical Director, Engineering, Dr. Clay Emerson P.E., CFM, this session will delve into species identification and biology, spawning migration, the historical significance of American Shad, and habitat restoration and dam removal efforts aimed at protecting this vital species. This free webinar takes place via Zoom from 5:30 - 7pm on Wednesday, March 27. Registration is required.

Get more info and register.

April 15 - 17: Free Flow Conference 2024

Free Flow 2024 is an international conference on protecting and restoring free-flowing rivers. Held in Oosterpoort, Groningen, The Netherlands, the conference will bring together policy makers, river managers, ecologists, researchers, students, and industry professionals from around the world. The two-day event features 130 speakers, divided over 27 sessions, who will present their research on topics including dam removal / fish passage; ecology and hydromorphology of free-flowing rivers; freshwater fish & fisheries; river restoration tools & projects; and cultural & socio-economic aspects of free-flowing rivers. Princeton Hydro is sponsoring a lecture on small barrier dam removals, and Founding Principal and President Geoffrey M. Goll, PE is presenting on the inner workings of dam removal in an education session titled, "Dam removal is not just about dam removal." The conference also features five field trip excursions, an exhibitors market, a poster session, and networking events.

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April 16: Colorado Lake and Reservoir Management Association Spring Luncheon

CLRMA and its members work to manage, study, restore, and protect lakes and reservoirs across Colorado. On April 16, CLRMA is hosting its Annual Spring Luncheon for which participants will gather together for a lunch-and-learn-style event to discuss lake restoration projects and CLRMA’s outreach programs. Princeton Hydro is a proud sponsor, and Chris Mikolajczyk, CLM, Princeton Hydro Senior Project Manager Aquatics and CLRMA board member, is attending the luncheon and hopes to see you there! Get more info and register.

April 17: 17th Annual New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team Conference

Presented by the Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space and hosted by Duke Farms, the New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team Conference is considered the most comprehensive state-wide forum on invasive species. The conference encompasses insights from both academic research and field experience, and features practical demonstrations by land stewards in addition to formal presentations. Topics include "How to Garden Like a Forager," "Engaging the Public and the Language of Invasives," and "Invasive Species Management & Restoration Case Studies." Princeton Hydro is sponsoring the conference and exhibiting.

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April 18 - 22: "Pitch in for Parks" Earth Day Celebration

Westchester Parks Foundation and the Westchester County Parks Department invite you to celebrate Earth Day by participating in the annual Pitch in for Parks volunteer initiative taking place at parks throughout West Chester County, New York. Every year, thousands of civic-minded individuals, organizations and groups volunteer their time and efforts to pick up trash, build trails, remove invasive species, plant native flowers and trees, and celebrate nature. This year's event, for which Princeton Hydro is a Bronze Sponsor, includes 16 different Pitch in for Parks locations, including Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers, Marshlands Conservancy in Rye, and Glen Island Park in New Rochelle.

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April 19: Coastal Resilience in NJ - Funding Through Implementation

The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) New Jersey Post is hosting its annual day-long seminar in celebration of Earth Day on Friday, April 19, 2024. This full-day, in-person program, being held at the Rutgers EcoComplex in Bordentown, New Jersey, features presenters from local, state, and federal governments, NGOs, and academia who will highlight planning, funding, and implementation efforts for coastal restoration in New Jersey. Princeton Hydro is a proud sponsor and will be exhibiting at the event. The day concludes with an Oyster Tasting Happy Hour & Networking event!

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May 3: New Jersey Sustainability Summit

The New Jersey Sustainability Summit is a momentous event that draws change-makers from across the political, private, and public sectors. This exceptional one-day forum spotlights the successes and lessons learned from the people and projects that are helping New Jersey realize a more sustainable future. Princeton Hydro's Senior Technical Director, Engineering, Dr. Clay Emerson P.E., CFM is presenting on stormwater basin naturalization. He'll provide case studies for recently completed  projects and offer actionable stewardship activities that municipalities can undertake to better manage their publicly managed stormwater basins.

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May 3 & 4: The New York State Federation of Lake Associations (NYSFOLA) Annual Conference

Founded in 1983, NYSFOLA is comprised of 200+ lake associations across the state. On May 3rd & 4th, NYSFOLA will host its 41st Anniversary at the Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center in Lake George. This year’s conference, which is titled “It Takes a Community to Protect a Watershed,” is focused on collaborative efforts to protect water quality through watershed-wide collaborative efforts. Participants will enjoy a variety of panel discussions, workshops, networking events and an exhibitor hall. Princeton Hydro, a sponsor of the event, is leading a variety of workshops, including a session about the management of lakes and ponds in New York City's Central Park being led by Princeton Hydro Senior Technical Directory of Ecological Services Dr. Fred Lubnow.

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May 4: Trenton Community Day

Enjoy an afternoon of music, games, food, and fun at George Page Park for this year's Trenton Community Day! This free, community event will feature craft demonstrations, educational programs, and exhibitors from organizations throughout the Trenton area and beyond. More details are coming soon!

Stay tuned for more info.

May 9 & 10: Watershed Restoration Academy - Healthy Streams 101

Are you ready to delve into the fascinating world of streams? The Watershed Institute and Princeton Hydro invite you to take part in a brand new, two-day, in-person course designed for water resources professionals seeking to enhance their understanding of watershed analysis and stream processes. Led by licensed professionals in engineering, geomorphology, and watershed science, this course offers a comprehensive introduction to stream restoration projects. Spend a day in the classroom gaining foundational knowledge, then head out into the field for hands-on assessments of both degraded and healthy stream environments. Don't miss this opportunity to deepen your expertise and contribute to the restoration of our precious water ecosystems.

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May 16: 59th Annual New Jersey Conference of Mayors

The New Jersey Conference of Mayors presents its 59th Annual Conference at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. This esteemed gathering convenes mayors from across the state, united in their commitment to amplifying community voices, addressing pressing issues, and shaping the future of New Jersey. This year's conference features a dynamic panel discussion on Climate Resiliency. Experts, including Dr. Fred Lubnow from Princeton Hydro, will explore the impacts of flooding and stormwater management on New Jersey communities. Beyond the panel, attendees can explore an exhibitor hall showcasing innovative solutions, hear a keynote from Governor Murphy, and engage in networking opportunities.

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INCASE YOU MISSED IT: A LOOK BACK ON EXCITING EVENTS FROM EARLIER THIS YEAR

Pennsylvania Lake Management Society Annual Conference

Pennsylvania Lake Management Society hosted its 34th Annual Conference. This year’s event, themed “Bringing it Back Home,” was held at the Wyndham Garden in State College, PA. Princeton Hydro was a proud sponsor of the conference, which offered a collection of professional presentations, workshops and panel discussions focused on topics like threats to our waters, new scientific discoveries, and homegrown solutions to improving water quality. Princeton Hydro Senior Technical Director of Ecological Services Dr. Fred Lubnow presented on “Assessing the Potential for Harmful Algal Blooms Over the Winter and Early Spring Seasons.”

Learn more about Harmful Algal Blooms.

Seventh Annual Watershed Conference

For the 7th Annual Watershed Institute Watershed Conference Watershed members, environmental professionals, government officials, nonprofit organization professionals, and stakeholders came together to learn about and share experiences related to Regional Watershed Planning. Princeton Hydro, a proud Conference sponsor, led two sessions:
  • Director of Marketing and Communications Dana Patterson Grear, along with team members from The Watershed Institute and New Jersey Future, led a session on community engagement. The panel covered how officials/municipal staff can engage their communities on the MS4 permit requirements, implement a public education and outreach program, collaborate with Spanish-speaking populations, and encourage community participation in stormwater-related activities.
  • Senior Technical Director, Ecological Services, Dr. Fred Lubnow, joined a panel to discuss the valuable ecosystem services associated with watershed management, with a focus on watershed planning and nutrient management.

Delaware Wetlands Conference

400+ people gathered together in Wilmington, DE for the 10th Delaware Wetlands Conference. The conference featured 50+ presentations on topics like soil science, climate adaptation, water quality monitoring, and wetland restoration. Princeton Hydro, a proud conference sponsor and exhibitor, led four sessions:
  • Project Manager and Environmental Scientist Emily Bjorhus, PWS  presented on "Converting a Pond into a Wetland Mosaic within Public Park," which explored the design and construction of the Lion’s Pride Park Ecological Restoration Project in Warrington, PA. The project converted a stagnant pond overrun with invasive species and water quality concerns into a diverse wetland complex that provides native wildlife habitat and reduces nonpoint source pollutants discharged to downstream waters.

  • Project Manager and Environmental Scientist Duncan Simpson, PWS presented on the Cypress Branch Dam Removal.

  • Environmental Scientist Ivy Babson presented on "Third River Urban Park and Habitat Creation Project – Brownfield Turned Wetland Sanctuary."

  • Director of Regulatory Compliance and Wildlife Surveys, Michael Rehman, CERP, PWS presented on "Revisiting Successful Wetland Mitigation Projects — Is Five Years of Monitoring Sufficient?"


Stay tuned to our blog for more events!

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We are thrilled to announce that Princeton Hydro has been recognized as one of New Jersey's Top Workplaces of 2024!

The Top Workplaces program, an annual employer recognition endeavor fueled entirely by input from employees, is considered the nation’s most credible employer recognition program. Winning a Top Workplaces award serves as a testament to a company's people-first ethos and validates a company's dedication to creating work experiences that unlock potential and inspire performance. Each year, for the New Jersey Top Workplaces program, NJ Advance Media gathers nominations and celebrates winners with a dedicated section and awards ceremony.

"Receiving this prestigious recognition as one of New Jersey's “Top Workplaces” is a testament to the collaborative efforts of our team and our commitment to creating a fulfilling work experience at Princeton Hydro, guided by our mission, vision, and values," said Princeton Hydro President and Founding Principal Geoffrey M. Goll, PE. "This achievement validates our efforts to prioritize employee satisfaction and growth opportunities, as well as underscores our dedication to fostering a positive workplace culture that values diversity, equity, and promotes employee engagement. Our people get the credit for working together to make Princeton Hydro a great place to be!”

With our dedicated staff spread across four office locations in the Northeast region, the company's flexible work hours and hybrid office policy allow employees to find a balance between their professional and personal lives, enabling remote work and attracting top talent.

“Earning a Top Workplaces award is a badge of honor for companies, especially because it comes authentically from their employees,” said Eric Rubino, Energage CEO. “That's something to be proud of. In today's market, leaders must ensure they’re allowing employees to have a voice and be heard. That's paramount. Top Workplaces do this, and it pays dividends.”

Our award-winning headquarters office offers a stylish and comfortable work environment, featuring contemporary interiors, ample space, and large windows with lush plants creating a refreshing ambience.

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To create a supportive workplace, we utilize a variety of techniques, including a unique pet-friendly policy that enhances employee morale, provides a fun break opportunity, and reduces stress levels. And let’s not forget the cherry on top: our PHun events! These include group volunteer activities, brown-bag learning presentations, holiday parties, and chili cook-offs.

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With these practices in place, there’s no wonder why Princeton Hydro deserves to be called the best!


Top Workplaces list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage, LLC. The confidential survey uniquely measures the employee experience and its component themes, including employees feeling Respected & Supported, Enabled to Grow, and Empowered to Execute, to name a few.

The complete list of New Jersey Top Workplaces of 2024 winners will be showcased this Spring by NJ.com, Jersey’s Best, and The Star-Ledger. The award ceremony will be held in the Spring as well.

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We're excited to announce the newest members of our team! First, we welcome Alexandra Garnett, our new Administrative Assistant, who joins us with a wealth of experience in streamlining operations and providing invaluable support. We're also delighted to have a familiar face rejoining us; Eric Libis, who has previously contributed to our projects, is back from Alaska for the summer to support our Aquatics team. And, we're thrilled to introduce four enthusiastic interns, each with a unique blend of academic and professional interests.

We eagerly anticipate the innovative ideas and fresh perspectives of our new team members, and look forward to achieving great things together.

Let's meet them!


Alexandra Garnett, Administrative Assistant

Alexandra brings a diverse professional background to Princeton Hydro, honing organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills from various roles, including as a receptionist and student office assistant. With a foundation in Early Childhood education and seven years of teaching Middle and High School English Language Arts, she's adept at interpersonal communication and fostering a supportive environment.

Alexandra also spent eight years supervising and managing doggie daycare and boarding facilities in New York and New Jersey, showcasing her customer service and organizational prowess. Now, Alexandra is eager to leverage her skills as an Administrative Office Assistant for our team!

In her spare time, Alexandra indulges her passion for professional wrestling, comic cons, and concerts, with the ultimate goal of seeing Beyoncé live again when she tours.


Eric Libis, Aquatics Specialist

Eric is deeply passionate about the outdoors. Living in Alaska has given him extensive hands-on experience with nature in all its forms. He has held various positions, including small engine mechanic, project manager, and U.S. Army service member. Having previously worked with Princeton Hydro's Aquatics Team in 2019 as an Aquatics Specialist, Eric is excited to return. He looks forward to contributing his extensive expertise to the field operations team and making a positive impact on a variety of projects.

Eric's love for the outdoors is evident in his diverse activities, which include hiking in the backcountry, mountaineering, rock, mineral, and fossil collecting, camping (both primitive and modern), boating, fishing, trail-building, and educating future leaders on the importance of preserving nature for all to enjoy.


Jade Gallagher, Communications Intern

Jade, a 2023 graduate of Pennsbury High School, is currently pursuing studies in Virginia Commonwealth University's Art Foundation Program, specializing in graphic design and art education. She is enthusiastic about leveraging her creativity to gain insights into the dynamics of the Princeton Hydro Marketing and Communications team.

In her free time, Jade enjoys sewing, cooking, and discovering new ways to express her artistic vision.


Daniel Goll, Engineering Intern

Daniel is currently a student at Temple University majoring in Civil Engineering and will enter his third year of studies in Fall 2024. With an expected graduation date of May 2026, Daniel will utilize the knowledge and experience gained during his time at Princeton Hydro to his future endeavors both while at Temple and post-graduation. Ultimately, he hopes to pursue a career in civil engineering with a focus on the ecological resources.

During his internship, he will be applying his engineering background to work in both the field and the office. The bulk of his internship will be focused within the Ecological Engineering group, for which he’ll provide general engineering support. Potential project work includes construction oversight of ecological restoration projects, as well as support for current dam removal projects led by Princeton Hydro. Throughout his time as an intern, Daniel will work closely with licensed professional engineers and environmental scientists to see firsthand the project management process and technical skills required for successful project implementation and completion.


Kaitlyn Jones, Aquatics Intern

Kaitlyn graduated from Delaware Valley University in 2024 with a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Botany. Prior to joining Princeton Hydro as an intern for the Aquatics Team, she interned with the Valley Forge Watershed Association, where she conducted research on water quality.

In her leisure time, Kaitlyn enjoys reading, creating ceramics, and spending time outdoors with her dog.


Rachel Trokenheim, Aquatics Intern

Rachel is an intern with Princeton Hydro's Aquatics team. This fall, she will start her junior year at the University of Vermont, where she studies Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Conservation Biology and a minor in Geospatial Technologies. During her gap year, Rachel participated in a NOLS Leadership Expedition in the Rocky Mountains and volunteered in the Seychelles and South Africa on conservation projects.

Outside of work, Rachel enjoys outdoor activities like backpacking, geocaching, and paddling, as well as cooking, baking, and reading.


Our team is composed of individuals with academic training and extensive project experience in stormwater management, geotechnical investigation, hydrology and hydrogeology, aquatic and wetland ecology, fishery biology, population and community ecology dynamics, GIS, environmental design, and landscape architecture. Click here to read more about the Princeton Hydro team.

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