Paul Ecker, RG, LHG

President & Principal Geologist

Professional Summary

As the founding principal at EES, Paul Ecker has nearly 35 years’ experience as an environmental consultant living and working in Portland. He has managed numerous contaminant investigations and cleanup actions across Oregon and the Pacific Northwest involving both uplands and in-water sites in the context of various local, state, and federal regulatory criteria. He has directed and evaluated risk assessments for a broad range of exposure scenarios, managed and closed long-term remediation projects addressing organic and inorganic contaminants, and conducted numerous third-party technical reviews analyzing the reasonableness of approach, scope, and budget regarding environmental work conducted by other firms.

Many of Paul’s current and past projects have been conducted as part of voluntary agreements and in cooperation with regulatory agencies including the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Washington Department of Ecology, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Paul has authored, delivered, and moderated presentations on environmental investigation, vapor intrusion, and cleanup at local, regional, and national conferences.

Relevant Experience

Paul’s work emphasizes development of project goals and strategies, analysis of project needs and data gaps in the context of regulatory guidance, and integration of complex technical details in a manner that communicates implications and key concepts in verbal presentation and well-written documentation.

  • Investigation and cleanup experience includes work at industrial and high-tech manufacturing facilities, metal plating facilities and foundries, former lumber mills and wood treating operations, retail fueling stations, bulk petroleum terminals, drycleaners, spill response analyses and follow-up, redevelopment properties, marinas, and residential, commercial, and office properties.
  • Provides third-party review and technical support on environmental projects related to a range of contaminant types and settings. This work emphasizes the nature and timing of historical releases, fate and transport of contaminants, technical quality of site investigation and remedial efforts in the context of applicable regulatory criteria, reasonableness of incurred/projected costs, and cost allocation.
  • Directs and supports due-diligence inquiries and portfolio analysis including Phase I/Phase II ESAs for a variety of property types and a broad range of clients including lenders, legal firms, commercial business owners, heavy industry, high-tech manufacturing, private developers, public entities, community development organizations, and architects.



  • B.S., Geology, Brown University
  • B.A., English Literature, Brown University


Professional Registrations & Certifications

  • Oregon Registered Professional Geologist (#G1321)
  • Washington Licensed Geologist & Hydrogeologist (#693)
  • American Red Cross Adult First Aid/CPR/AED Certification


Industry Affiliations & Activities

  • Air and Waste Management Association, (Oregon Chapter Board Member)
  • Association of Engineering Geologists, Member
  • Geological Society of America, Member
  • Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council, Member
  • ITRC Industry Affiliates Program, Participant
  • Oregon Association of Environmental Professionals, Member
  • Northwest Environmental Business Council, Member
  • National Groundwater Association, Member