Former New England Commander of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Joins Normandeau Associates, Inc.

Bedford, New Hampshire – August 31, 2009 – Colonel (Ret.) Curtis Thalken, Former Commander of the New England District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has joined Normandeau Associates as a Vice President. Colonel Thalken will focus on the management of large, complex projects and continued expansion and strategic development of Normandeau Associates.

Colonel Thalken will add high level regulatory expertise to the firm regarding environmental impact studies, licensing and permitting for energy projects, harbor dredging, transportation and other infrastructure projects. He also will play a major role in strengthening our relationship with the Army Corps of Engineers as well as with the Navy, Air Force, Homeland Security, Coast Guard, Veterans Administration and other federal and state agencies. Normandeau has provided contracting services to the Corps of Engineers for many years, including a current 5 year contract with the Walla Walla (WA) District for hydropower services. “The combination of Colonel Thalken and Bob Varney, the highly respected former U.S. EPA New England Regional Administrator, together with our large number of top-notch environmental scientists and managers will provide our public and private sector clients with the highest level of strategic environmental regulatory services in the nation” says Pam Hall, President and CEO of Normandeau Associates.

“I greatly appreciate the opportunity to work at Normandeau Associates,” said Colonel (Ret.) Curtis Thalken. “The firm is highly respected by both regulatory agencies and clients for its professionalism and the high quality of its work. I look forward to working with the many scientists, environmental and public involvement professionals to help ensure that sound science, high quality work, and cost-effective solutions serve as the basis for informed decision making.”

Colonel (Ret.) Thalken is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, at West Point, NY. He holds a Masters Degree in engineering sciences from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College and a Masters in strategic studies and international relations from the U.S. Naval War College. He taught civil engineering at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. Colonel Thalken is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Colonel (Ret.) Thalken has over 26 years of engineering, management and regulatory experience with assignments throughout the United States and abroad, including Fort Devens, MA; Fort Riley, KS; West Point, NY; Fort Stewart, GA; Suffolk, VA; Germany, Afghanistan and surrounding countries. In his new position, he will work with Normandeau staff and clients throughout the country as well as internationally.

Most recently Colonel (Ret.) Thalken served as Commander of the six-state New England District of the Army Corps of Engineers where he directed 700 employees with an annual budget of over $210M. He had a wide range of responsibilities including navigational dredging projects in Boston MA, CT, NH and RI; numerous wetlands permitting and restoration projects; flood control and flood plain management; operation and maintenance of over 30 dams and hurricane barriers, dam removals, riverbank and shoreline restoration, permitting of highways, airports, railroads, electric transmission lines, hydropower, wind farms and other development projects; water supply and river basin studies; disaster assistance and supporting the Department of Homeland Security in design and construction of border patrol stations. In addition, Colonel Thalken and his staff at the Corps of Engineers had a close working relationship with the U.S. EPA in New England serving as contract managers on a large number of Superfund site clean-ups. He also served as co-chair of the Saint Croix River Watershed Board of the International Joint Commission (IJC) for the boundary waters of the U.S. and Canada.

Normandeau Associates, Inc., a rapidly-growing employee-owned company in business for over 40 years, is one of the largest science-based environmental consulting firms in the country and is known for its technical excellence and outstanding client service. Normandeau Associates specializes in environmental impact studies, permitting and licensing of projects, wetlands mapping, stormwater management, water quality monitoring and modeling, dredge monitoring, habitat restoration, fish and wildlife studies, and public involvement and community outreach.  Normandeau Associates provides services across several market sectors including hydropower, transportation, ports and waterways, electric and gas transmission, energy generation, NGO’s and Federal, state and local government.  Normandeau Associates, with over 180 staff members working in 14 offices and three laboratories across the country, has worked on projects in nearly 40 states as well as in Canada, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Ireland, Russia, Germany and Afghanistan.

For additional information, please contact Colonel Thalken at (603) 472-5191 or visit