Howard Cumberland

Howard Cumberland is a Senior Principal Marine Scientist based in Oregon with more than 30 years of experience focused on developing and implementing remedial strategies, including remedial investigation, design, and restoration associated with contaminated sediments and waterfront development. Howard routinely works with clients on strategic planning during negotiations with regulatory agencies and other potentially responsible parties with divergent interests.

Howard Cumberland is a Senior Principal Marine Scientist based in Oregon with more than 30 years of experience focused on developing and implementing remedial strategies, including remedial investigation, design, and restoration associated with contaminated sediments and waterfront development. Howard routinely works with clients on strategic planning during negotiations with regulatory agencies and other potentially responsible parties with divergent interests.


Focusing on waterfront properties, Howard provides strategic consulting services to owners and tenants on the evaluation, design, and permitting of near-shore, in-water activities. This work includes contaminated sediment investigation and remediation, maintenance dredging planning, and permitting for waterfront redevelopment. He has in-depth training and experience related to the ecological impacts of contaminated sediments and surface waters. He also has familiarity and experience with many state and federal regulatory programs that govern dredged material and contaminated sediment projects.

During his career, Howard has managed, designed, permitted, and implemented remedial investigations, feasibility studies, removal actions, remedial actions, and post-removal and remedial action monitoring for a variety of industrial, port, and public sector clients working under federal and state regulatory programs. He has completed projects across the United States, and in Mexico, Guam, and Australia.

Throughout his career, he has pursued solutions involving innovative applications of proven technologies, as well as emerging technologies, to meet cleanup objectives while minimizing his clients’ operational impacts and the cost to achieve sediment remediation objectives. His emphasis on beneficial use has led to significant reductions in disposal costs, and his understanding of the evaluation of contaminants and their sources, coupled with strong risk communication, has been essential to successfully gaining stakeholder support for his clients.

Contact Howard Cumberland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +1-503-222-9518.

Career Summary of Howard Cumberland

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  • Specialties: Sediment Assessment and Remediation; Site Investigation and Remediation; Risk Assessment and Applied Toxicology
  • Practice Areas: Contaminated Site Assessment and Cleanup
  • Disciplines: Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources
  • Education: M.S., Biology, California State University at San Diego, 1996; B.S., Marine Biology, California State University at Long Beach, 1989

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