Normandeau’s Chief Operating Officer Colonel (retired) Curt Thalken has over 33 years of engineering experience including work in both austere and developed environments. Prior to joining Normandeau, COL Thalken served on active duty in the U.S. Army as an engineer officer for over 25 years. His experience includes working in both austere and developed environments and teaching in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy, West Point NY. His military engineering career culminated as Commander of the New England District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) responsible for aspects of the Federal Government’s engineering efforts and regulatory programs within New England. Regulatory responsibilities included both administration of Clean Water Act (CWA) permitting, for non-Federal applicants and the development of National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) documents for projects administered by USACE and review of other Federal Agency NEPA documents.
His experience with Normandeau includes extensive oversight of: energy transmission (Gas and electric) and power (including: nuclear, fossil fuel, hydro and other renewables) projects nationwide; Federal, State and Municipal environmental service contracts; and environmental compliance assistance for many private sector entities nationwide.
His education includes a BS from the United States Military Academy and MS from Dartmouth College’s Thayer School of Engineering. He is a licensed professional engineer in the states of: CT, NH and FL.
Mr. Brush joined Normandeau Associates in 1983. He is an expert in fish protection and passage issues and impacts of hydroelectric and other electric generating projects. He has been Project Manager in support of licensing, relicensing, and license compliance efforts at more than 25 hydroelectric facilities in Oregon, New York, Wisconsin, Michigan, Vermont, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Maine, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Massachusetts. He is experienced in FERC Process, experimental design, agency negotiation, and successful implementation and management of large projects, including fish protection/passage effectiveness, survival, radio telemetry, and hydroacoustic evaluations.
He has extensive experience related to diadromous fish biology and restoration in the Susquehanna, Connecticut, Willamette/Columbia, and Santee/Cooper basins.
Mr. Brush has primary responsibility for developing business and strategy in the hydropower market and is responsible for the Muddy Run Ecological Lab (Drumore, PA), Westmoreland Office (NH), and Pacific Northwest Offices (Stevenson and Vancouver, WA).