Erik Ringelberg
California Director

Erik Ringelberg brings more than 25 years of experience as a consultant and environmental scientist to The Freshwater Trust. Prior to joining our team, he worked for several geotechnical engineering companies, including BSK Associated and Wallace-Kuhl Associates, as well as the nonprofit Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. Erik has focused on NEPA/CEQA documentation and permit development and compliance in Northern and Central California, and he has managed lake and river restoration in both Nevada and California. He’s received grant funding from many government entities, published articles on California’s water crisis, been invited to speak at conferences on a wide range of topics, and served on technical advisory committees, regional water planning commissions, and watershed and wetland councils. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Colorado State University and a master’s in Environmental Science from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is also a PhD candidate in Riparian and Wetland Ecology at the University of Montana. As the California Director, Erik will lead the organization’s business and program efforts in the Golden State. When not in the office, Erik is usually mountain biking or hiking in the back country.

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