James Cowart is a Senior Consultant based in Colorado with more than 35 years of experience focused on water quality permitting, industrial wastewater treatment, and watershed management throughout the United States. He also conducts numerous vapor intrusion investigations and directs large-scale voluntary cleanups for mines, manufacturing plants, and brownfield redevelopment sites, among others.
Assisting clients in numerous industries, Jim has worked closely with oil and gas production, mining, pharmaceutical manufacturing, organic chemical processing, pesticide manufacturing, timber management, printing and publishing, transportation, and metals finishing. He has provided technical assistance to federal, state, and county agencies throughout the United States and has international project experience at sites in South Africa, Botswana, Peru, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Japan. Jim also has engineering management experience with the U.S. Army Signal Corps.
He has managed more than 1,000 projects throughout his career, some up to $15 million in size and involving more than 500 man-years of work. Between 1975 and 1985, Jim helped develop National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) wastewater treatment effluent guidelines and standards for the U.S. EPA. These are used today to regulate industries discharging into surface waters or publicly owned treatment works found throughout the country.
As the senior project engineer on numerous projects, Jim has been involved in permitting, site investigation, and environmental remediation at brownfield redevelopments and voluntary cleanup sites. He continues to advance the state of the practice by authoring papers or presenting on the topics of water quality, watershed management, vapor intrusion into indoor air, mining reclamation, and oil and gas permitting. He serves on the board of directors for several non-profit organizations and is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Water Environment Federation, and the National Groundwater Association.