Who We Are
Environmental Advocacy and Litigation Support for Local Communities
“Law without enforcement is just good advice”
– Abraham Lincoln
David L. Reed
David Reed is our Executive Director. Dave brings environmental science, policy and legal experience, specializing in wetland management and water issues. He was an environmental scientist for over ten years, with research experience spanning freshwater wetlands, and coastal wetland and estuarine environments. He has managed or supported both small and large scale environmental monitoring, and has been involved in policy recommendations for both state and federal restoration projects. He has extensive experience with wetland forest and marsh responses to long-term changes in hydrologic cycles and water management regimes in the Florida Everglades. On the coastal research side, he studied both coastal marsh and near-shore estuarine floral and faunal responses to altered water management regimes, affecting salinity and nutrient fluxes.
Dave also brings experience with CWA NPDES permitting matters, as well as state implementation of NPDES permits. He has clerked for the U.S. EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance during 2010 and 2011, where he gained regulatory enforcement experience, including CWA actions in both civil and criminal enforcement. There he investigated the regulation of energy industry practices, particularly Hydraulic Fracturing and information gathering authorities under RCRA and TSCA for produced waters. Dave’s experience informs our CAFO and NDPES enforcement work, as well as our oil and gas work.
Hannah A. Fish
Hannah Fish is our legal fellow, coming to us as a recent graduate from William & Mary Law School. Hannah graduated with honors from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies concentrating in Policy, Planning, and Law. Hannah brings experience in water, federal lands, and wildlife issues to the Center, and will lend that experience to EAC’s oil & gas and water quality projects.
While in law school, Hannah clerked for notable public interest organizations including ASPCA Government Relations, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the Virginia Coastal Policy Center. Additionally, Hannah gained state and federal regulatory and litigation experience with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s Water Division, and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. Through this range of experiences, Hannah has been able to work on issues spanning policy proposals to ensure wetlands survivability in the face of sea level rise, to Fifth Amendment claims under the National Trails System Act.
Kimber L. Veltri
Kimber Veltri is a staff attorney with EAC. Kimber graduated in 2015 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she studied both Environmental Law and Policy and Shale Gas and Water Development. Ms. Veltri was awarded the 2013 Pitt Legal Income Sharing Foundation Public Interest Scholarship, the 2013-2014 Molly Excellence Award in Interviewing, Counseling, Negotiating and Litigating from the Pitt Legal Clinic Professor, the Pennsylvania Bar Association 2015 Environmental Law Forum Scholarship and received a CALI Excellence for the Future award.
While at Pitt she interned for the U.S. EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Civil Air Enforcement Division, where she was able to gain regulatory experience with the Clean Air Act regarding both stationary and mobile sources. Following her semester with EPA, she interned for Smith Butz, a law firm representing plaintiffs in matters involving hydraulic fracturing, where she assisted in fighting Pennsylvania’s Act 13 and defending citizens and their right to clean drinking water from well water sources against large fracking companies. Additionally, her internship with PennFuture, a nonprofit environmental law organization, allowed her to gain experience filing Clean Water Act citizen suits against publicly owned treatment works who continuously violated their NPDES permits.
Kimber has been dedicated to environmental law and policy since her undergraduate years. She attended the University of Miami from 2007-2011 where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Economics and graduated with Honors. While there she worked for Environment Florida to protect the Everglades and fight for a moratorium on offshore drilling off of Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Our newest addition, Patrick DeArmey, supports EAC’s CWA compliance and water quality projects. Patrick is a 2015 graduate from Widener University Delaware Law School, and graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science, dual majoring in Environmental Studies and Philosophy. He brings experience with the Clean Water Act (CWA), Administrative law, zoning, and local governance issues to EAC.
While in law school Patrick spent a summer at the EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics where he worked on a Hydraulic Fracturing rulemaking and spent significant time on projects involving the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Additionally, Patrick was a student attorney in Widener’s Environmental Law Clinic where he conducted CWA compliance sweeps and analyzed the implications of the “takings clause” of the Endangered Species Act on power-plant water intake structures. Patrick was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for the Environment Law Clinic as well as the Greenwatch Institute Scholarship Award for commitment to environmental law and public advocacy.
He is also an attorney for the Gunpowder RIVERKEEPER® in Baltimore, MD.