Albert McCullough

P.E., P.W.S.





B.S.C.E., Water Resources Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

A.A., Environmental and Renewable Resources Technology/Wildlife Management-Honors Graduate, Garrett Community College, McHenry, MD


Professional Experience:


Sustainable Science, Denton, Maryland

Principal Ecological Engineer (June 2000 – present)


Enviromental Concern, St. Michaels, Maryland

Vice President / Construction & Consulting Director (June 1996 – June 2000)


Lanai Company, Island of Lanai, Hawaii

Superintendent of Utilities (June 1994 – June 1996)


Herbst & Associates, Reisterstown, Maryland

Associate Engineer / Staff Ecologist (March 1979 – June 1994)


Relevant Project Experience:


Sustainable Science:

  • Provides ecological engineering services for hydrology studies, shoreline stabilization, ecological restoration and creation projects from preliminary to final bid package with permit acquisition

  • Execute natural resource field data collection, reduction and analyses

  • Perform and compile topographic & bathymetric surveys

  • Executes wetland water budget & treatment analyses using both standard and innovative engineering methodologies

  • Analyzes wave climate, geotechnical traits & historical coastal responses

  • Design stable shoreline layouts that match physical & biological settings


While at Environmental Concern:

  • Managed the wetland consulting and construction departments including proposal generation, field activities, design execution and permit acquisition

  • Taught professional courses on wetland delineation, hydrology, functional assessment, hydric soils and wetland treatment systems

  • Published several articles on wetland hydrology and construction techniques

  • Conceptualized and executed vegetational inventory using hyperspectral imagery


While with Lanai Company:

  • Managed electrical, sanitary and potable water utilities for the Island of Lanai, Hawaii

  • Conceptualized and oversaw installation of well and reservoir telemetry system

  • Supervised the startup of tertiary treatment facility using water hyacinth to replace potable water golf course irrigation source

  • Performed archival record search and orchestrated field logistics for the TDM ground water survey for the Island of Lanai


While with Herbst & Associates:

  • Executed geotechnical engineering studies from proposal to final design

  • Managed and performed over 200 wetland delineation and permitting projects beginning in 1984



Professional Certifications:


  •   Registered Professional Engineer in Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington D.C.


  •  Professional Wetland Scientist by Society of Wetland Scientists


  • Certified Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineator



Professional Affliations:


  • Member of Chi Epsilon National Civil Engineering Honor Society

  • Vice President of Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists (2000 to 2003)

  • President of Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists (2004 & 2005)

  • Chairman Town of Denton Utilities Commission (2005 to 2014)

  • Professional Advisor Engineer Without Borders University of Maryland Student Chapter

  • Member of Delaware Association of Professional Engineers

  • Member of American Society of Civil Engineers




Representative Projects:


Project:                Wetland Ordinance, Wetland Mitigation Plan & Wetland Conservation Plan

                             Odanah, Wisconsin                           

Date:                     2004 to 2009

Client:                   Mr. Irv Soulier

                              Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians

                              P.O. Box 39

                              Odanah, WI 54861

                              Phone: (715) 682-7111

Description:        The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians wetland ecosystem complex is a unique and highly valued Ojibwe resource dominated by wild rice in the upper Great Lakes region. Mr. McCullough served as the lead consultant for developing a wetland ordinance, mitigation plan and natural resource conservation plan for the 124,655 acre Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indian Reservation. The project involved the generation of a complete wetland regulatory program for the tribe and securing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the St. Paul District US Army Corps of Engineers Regulation Branch (USACOE). Mr. McCullough working with a tribal member, Mr. Dan Powless, created a wetland compensatory & conservation plan with the primary goal to protect and enhance the keystone ecosystem the Kakagon Sloughs rice bed wetlands. This plan was then presented to the tribal council and revised accordingly. Once approved the existing wetland ordinance was revised to mesh with the wetland compensatory documents. The complete package was again presented to the tribal council and revised accordingly. Once the package was adopted into law by the tribe a Memorandum of Agreement was prepared then submitted to the St. Paul District for review and comment. The MOA was then modified to satisfy both the Bad River Tribe and USACOE with final adoption obtained in 2009.



Project:                 Treatment Wetland & Potable Water Storage Tank

                              Ilha das Pescas, Brazil

Date:                     2006 to 2014

Client:                   Dr. Peter Chang

                              University of Maryland College of Engineering

                              1131 Glenn Martin Hall

                              College Park, Maryland  20742

                              Phone: (301) 405-0287

Description:         Mr. McCullough served as Professional Advisor for the University of Maryland Engineers Without Borders Student Chapter for two projects located in Ilha Das Pescas in southern Brazil. This island is located 12 miles off the coast from Paranagua, Brazil with a village of 300 residents. The project initial goal was to design and implement treatment wetlands adequately sized to eliminate the hookworm parasitic nematode that enters humans by burrowing into skin then lives in the small intestine. During the January 2006 assessment trip, the community desired a water tank so the first project became a 30,000 liter cast in-place concrete tank with booster pump and chlorination disinfection system. Mr. McCullough served as student mentor in the system design and implementation logistics. Materials were transported to the island with the tank constructed with him in August of 2006. Four (4) vertical flow treatment wetland systems were then designed by the students with Mr. McCullough’s guidance. These wetlands were installed by the students and the faculty advisor, Dr. Peter Chang, in January of 2007. In March of 2014, Mr. McCullough along with Drs. Peter Chang & David Lovell, mechanical engineer, Mr. Padraic Gray and three students returned to Ilha Das Pescas for post project monitoring. Five (5) additional treatment wetlands were constructed by the community with all performing as designed. The water tank project experienced low pressure that was determined to be caused by  additional communities tapping into the main water pipeline upgradient from the village.                        



Project:                 Poultry Confined Animal Feedlot Operation Treatment Wetland

                              Cecilton, Maryland

Date:                     2011 to Present

Client:                   Mr. Josh Thompson

                              Sassafras River Association

                              7479 Augustine Highway

                              Georgetown, Maryland  21930

                              Phone: (410) 275-7400


Description:        Mr. McCullough served as designer for a wetland treatment system to remove phosphorus from a 16-acre egg laying facility that houses over 700,000 chickens. The project drainage area comprises 168 acres that necessitated a storm water attenuation pond that was designed by Natural Resources Conservation Service. To quantify phosphorus removal, Mr. McCullough utilized sanitary treatment wetland mixed tank methodology as detailed in Kadlec & Wallace, 2009. To eliminate stormwater pulsing, he designated a floating inlet known as the Faircloth Skimmer. To capture legacy nutrients within the saturated subsurface horizon, a HDPE perimeter cutoff trench with an upgradient draintile system was designed. Monitoring capabilities were also included in the project design. The entire package was developed into a bid package and permits acquired. Bid solicitation was executed and contract was awarded. Construction was completed in 2013 with monitoring beginning in 2014.



Project:                 South Richmond County Stormwater & Sanitary Drainage Plan

                              Staten Island, New York

Date:                     1996 to 2005

Client:                   Mr. Sandeep Mehrotra, P.E.

                              Hazen & Sawyer, P.C.

                              498 Seventh Avenue

                              New York, New York  10018

                              Phone: (212) 539-7011


Description:          Mr. McCullough served as the project manager for the 10,500 acre wetland identification and assessment project for the southwest watersheds of Staten Island, New York. The work involved orthophotography interpretation, wetland identification using two different methodologies (1987 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation). Individual watershed reports were generated that identified wetland resources present with sites with greatest potential for restoration listed. The results of this effort were utilized to site stormwater wetlands to treat collected run-off prior to discharge into New York State waters. Since 1998, he has been the lead designer on the stormwater wetland designs and also served as technical representative during project construction. Over twenty storm water wetlands have been constructed to date with six pending construction. Project is estimated to be complete by year 2018.



Project:                 Rural Village Potable Hand Water Pumps

                              Gondar, Ethiopia

Date:                     2010 to 2013

Client:                   Mr. Lon Chesnutt

                              Rotary Club of Columbia Patuxent

                              P.O. Box 1292

                              Columbia, Maryland  21044

                              Phone: (410) 737-8119

Description:          Mr. McCullough donated engineering services related to determining feasibility, project planning cost estimate, technical review and contractor selection for the Rotary Club. The project located in the Gondar vicinity of the Ethiopian highlands involved eight (8) rural villages for the feasibility review with four (4) selected for project implementation. Mr. McCullough traveled with two Rotarians, Mr. Lon Chesnutt & Mr. Leon Wilson, in October of 2011 for the project assessment and to establish local logistical support. After the assessment trip, Mr. McCullough executed technical record research to generate both well depths, type of construction along with construction cost estimate. After the Rotary Club generated the bid solicitation, he reviewed for technical compliance. The submitted bids were then evaluated with a contractor recommendation provided. Mr. McCullough returned to Ethiopia in May of 2013 to specifically identify the drilling locations. To more accurately the drilling locations, he identified & secured in-country services of physical geologist Dr. David Lebenie of Gondar University and geophysicist Mr. Moges Tibede of Addis Ababa. All four sites were evaluated using electrical resistivity with locations established. Well drilling commenced after Mr. McCullough left. For his efforts, Mr. McCullough was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow from the Rotary Club.



Project:                 Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge Living Shoreline Project

                              Rock Hall, Maryland

Date:                     2010 to 2013

Client:                   Mr. David Sutherland

                              Chesapeake Bay Field Office

                              U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

                              177 Admiral Cochrane Drive

                              Annapolis, Maryland  21401

                              Phone: (410) 573-4599

Description:         Hail Creek in the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge contains dense submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) beds that are a crucial food source for waterfowl. An eroding isthmus was in danger of breaching the creek exposing the SAV system to Chester River. Mr. McCullough served as the lead designer to create a living shoreline to protect Hail Creek. He executed a forensic shoreline analysis to determine the rate and trend of recession since 1847. A wave analysis was also performed for both summer and winter wind conditions with the associated stable embayments determined. Headland structures were then located along with back of cove beach replenishment and submerged oyster reef. The design results were developed into a final bid solicitation package. The submitted bids were evaluated with a contractor award recommendation provided. Mr. McCullough served as technical advisor during the 2009 project implementation. Post construction monitoring revealed the predicted stable embayment shape lined up well with the observed conditions. For his efforts, Mr. McCullough was awarded the Coastal America Partnership Award from President Obama in April of 2010.




Representative Publications:


Bartoldus, C.C., A. McCullough, and E.W. Garbisch.  2000. Evaluation for Planned Wetlands:  Model for Floodflow Alteration.  Environmental Concern Inc., St. Michaels, MD


Bartoldus, C., Albert McCullough, S. Smith, and O. Weatherbee.  2000.  Geographic information system (GIS) development and vegetation mapping effort of the Horsehead Peninsula, Graysonville, MD.  Prepared for the Wildfowl Trust of North America.  Environmental Concern, Inc., St. Michaels, MD.  33 pp. + Appendices.


McCullough III, F.A. 1995. Use of Water Hyacinth Lagoons for Tertiary Effluent Treatment on the Island of Lanai, Hawaii. Wetland Journal, Vol. 7, No. 4.Environmental Concern. Pps  8 to 12


McCullough III, F.A. 1998. Hydric Soil Field Indicators: A Comparison of Two Methods. Wetland Journal, Vol. 10, No. 3. Environmental Concern. Pps. 20 to 25


McCullough III, F.A. 1996. Overview of Dewatering, Excavation, and the Use of Geotextiles for Restored, Enhanced, and Constructed Wetlands. Wetland Journal, Vol.8, No. 3. Environmental Concern. Pps. 21 to 27.


McCullough III, F.A. 1997. Surface Water Modeling, Part I: An Introduction to Riparian Zone Dynamics. Wetland Journal, Vo. 9, No.2. Environmental Concern. Pps. 21 to 25


McCullough, F.A., C.C. Miller, and R.J. Will.  2004.  Hudson-Raritan Estuary Ecosystem Restoration Conceptual Plans Report.  Report to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District. Prepared by Barry A. Vittor & Associates, Inc., Lake Katrine, NY.


McCullough, F.A., C.C. Miller, and R.J. Will.  2004. Jamaica Bay Ecosystem Restoration Conceptual Plans Report.  Report to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District. Prepared by Barry A. Vittor & Associates, Inc., Lake Katrine, NY.


McCullough, F.A., C.C. Miller, and R.J. Will.  2004. Jamaica Bay Existing Conditions and Future Without Plans Report.  Report to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District. Prepared by Barry A. Vittor & Associates, Inc., Lake Katrine, NY.


McCullough, F.A. 2006. Wolf River Wetland Mitigation Bank Feasibility Study. Prepared for Tennessee Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. 25 pps. plus appendices.


McCullough, F.A. 2002. Wetland Inventory & Mapping Project Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. Prepared for National Park Service. 29 pps. plus appendices.


Yozzo, D. & F. A. McCullough. 2004. Hudson River Habitat Restoration Program. Prepared for New York District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 34 pps. plus appendices.


McCullough, F.A. & D. Powless. 2008. Wetland Ordinance, Wetland Mitigation Plan & Wetland Conservation Plan for Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewas. Prepared for Bad River Tribe. 103 pps. plus appendices.


McCullough, F.A. 2006. Wetland Inventory & Mapping Project George Washington Birthplace National Monument. Prepared for National Park Service. 23 pps. plus appendices.


McCullough, F.A. 2008. Crouse Park Redevelopment Flood Study. Prepared for Town of Denton. 12 pps. plus appendices.