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The Water Institute pleased to welcome Garvin Pittman, Senior Project Manager

Aug 29, 2022

BATON ROUGE, La. (Aug. 29, 2022) – The Water Institute is pleased to welcome Garvin Pittman, PMP, as a new senior project manager who will be working on carbon sequestration and blue carbon projects.

“Carbon sequestration and blue carbon could be a great opportunity to provide coastal restoration funding for the state of Louisiana and I am proud to become a part of the effort to make those funds a reality,” Pittman said.

As a chemical engineer by education, Pittman got heavily involved in coastal Louisiana restoration after hurricanes Katrina and Rita when he was doing recovery work in New Orleans for then-Shaw. As that work was winding down, he was asked to transition to work as the operations manager for the state’s Coastwide Reference Monitoring Systems (CRMS) program. After just a few months of spending his time in the coastal wetlands and marshes of south Louisiana, Pittman said he fell in love with the coast.

During his time managing the CRMS program, Pittman also performed damage assessments in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. From this, Pittman transitioned to four years managing Coastal Wetland Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) projects for the state where he was responsible for up to 32 projects at any given time.

Pittman’s experience includes a wide range of coastal restoration and protection projects and programs including construction management and development of restoration plans.

Most recently, Pittman was a director at C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates where he served as a senior project manager and the coastal practice lead. While there, Pittman served as project manager for projects like the Queen Bess Island Restoration and the development of two Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessments for a total of eight projects in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

“We are thrilled that Garvin has joined the Institute,” said Jason Curole, The Water Institute’s director of project management. “I've known Garvin for over a decade and his knowledge of and commitment to the Louisiana coastal program is unquestionable. He has been a significant contributor to coastal restoration and resiliency throughout an important period of the coastal program. He is a great addition and will have a significant impact on the Institute."

Pittman is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and is currently the board chair for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana where he’s been a board of directors member since 2019.