James Deriu

As Regional Practice Leader for Natural Resources Management at KCI, James leads a staff of more than 30 environmental professionals in the assessment, design, and implementation of ecological restoration and permitting projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. James manages and participates in several on-call services contracts related to ecosystem restoration as part of NPDES and TMDL compliance programs. He directs the assessment, survey, design, construction, inspection, and monitoring of stream and wetland restoration efforts and biological assessments throughout the region, including MD, PA, VA, DE and WV. He has completed hundreds of wetland and forest stand delineations, as well as geomorphic assessments, wetland and stream restoration design projects from concept to final design. He prepares Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Studies, has completed hundreds of joint permits, several Individual Department of the Army Permits and frequently serves as the Principal Contact for KCI’s most complex local, state, and federal permitting efforts. He actively participates in the construction phase of projects to ensure both environmental commitments and design requirements are implemented.


James recently served as an advisor to the Natural Resources Working Group of the Baltimore County Sustainability Network, currently serves as an appointed member of the Baltimore County Advisory Commission on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and has served as the chairman of the American Council of Engineering Company’s Maryland (ACEC/MD) Environmental Committee since 2014.  He also serves on the Board of Directors for NeighborSpace of Baltimore County, a nonprofit land trust that works to promote more livable communities inside Baltimore’s most densely populated regions by preserving and enhancing open space.