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.
Tim is Normandeau’s Corporate Lead for the Hydropower Market Sector and has more than 35 years of service. 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 Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin. He is experienced in the FERC processes, experimental design, agency negotiation, and successful implementation and management of large projects, including fish protection/passage effectiveness, survival, radio telemetry, and hydroacoustic evaluations. He is also Principal-In-Charge for large federal hydropower focused contracts.
He has extensive experience related to diadromous fish biology and restoration in the Deerfield/Connecticut, Susquehanna, Willamette/Columbia, and Santee/Cooper basins. Species of specific interest include American Shad, River Herring, Shortnose and Atlantic Sturgeon, American Eel, and Atlantic and Pacific salmonids.
Tim has supported litigation teams in proceedings related to CWA and FPA. He has participated in strategy development, draft testimony preparation and critical review of testimony (team and opponents), production of exhibits, and preparation of witnesses. Clients have included Duke, South Carolina Public Services Authority, Exelon, and Entergy.
Tim has been active in: executive and director roles in multiple professional organizations; the organization and moderation of numerous symposia and conference sessions; and contributed many presentations at professional meetings. Tim earned a B.S. from Waynesburg College and a M.S. from Frostburg State University.