, Colorado , United States
|| December 01, 1944
Jun 23, 2011 02:35am
Caucasian - Moderate-to-Liberal - Government Reform - Health Care Reform - Pro Environment - Pro-Choice - Pro-Gun control - Pro-Tort Reform - Married - U.S. Navy - Straight -
|Info||Frederic A. “Eric” Eidsness was born in Jacksonville, Fla. on Dec. 1, 1944, the son of Dr. Fred Eidsness of Washington D.C., co-founder of a large environmental engineering firm in the Southeast, and of Edith Polk Eidsness of Boston, Mass. |
Eric received his primary education in Gainesville, Fla. and Holderness Preparatory School in Plymouth, N.H. He earned his engineering degree from Vanderbilt University in 1967 and also studied at the University of Madrid in Madrid, Spain.
Eric took his oath as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy and served from 1967 to 1973. He was deployed to an underwater salvage unit in the Republic of South Vietnam during the Tet Offensive of 1968 and 1969. His unit came under fire while on salvage operations in the Cua Viet River and along the adjacent coastal area that abutted the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). He finished his active service at Naval Station Treasure Island San Francisco where he received an honorable discharge in August of 1970. Eric remained in the ready reserve for three more years in Atlanta and earned the rank of naval lieutenant.
From 1970 until 2000 Eric was an environmental engineer for government agencies and the private sector. In 1970 Eric joined the Water Pollution Control Administration (later the Environmental Protection Agency) in Atlanta, Ga. Eric had the unusual experience of writing the first draft Environmental Impact Statement required under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. He then managed the first generic EIS the EPA ever produced on ocean discharge and other methods of treated wastewater disposal in southeast Florida.
After a three-year stint with the respected think tank Arthur D. Little, Inc, in Cambridge, Mass., Eric accepted a position in Loveland, Colo. in August of 1975 with the Larimer-Weld Regional Council of Governments as the director of an EPA-funded, locally-administered regional water quality management planning process. Representing the interests of 33 municipalities, two counties, water user organizations, the League of Women’s Voters, Trout Unlimited and other involved organizations, a plan was unanimously adopted by the governing board, certified by former Gov. Richard Lamm and approved by the EPA Region 8 administrator. This plan protected water resource management practices while meeting national water quality standards.
In 1981 President Ronald Reagan appointed Eric as Assistant Administrator for Water in the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington D.C.
Eric regulated and enforced national safe drinking water, water pollution control and marine protection statutes. He presided over a staff of 1,700 employees and an annual operating budget of $195 million and a $2.4 billion grant program for the construction of water pollution control facilities. He spearheaded regulatory reform efforts, reductions in budget and staffing levels, delegation of authority to state agencies and legislative changes for the three statutes he administered and appeared before numerous committees of the House of Representatives and Senate on matters of policy and budget.
Since leaving the EPA the second time, Eric has worked in the private sector, including serving as president of RMT’s northern region in Madison, Wisc. and as vice president of CH2M Hill in Denver, Colo. and its subsidiary company, Operations Management International (OMI).
In 1978 Eric purchased the historic Milner homestead in the Buckhorn Canyon of Larimer County, where two of his girls were born in 1979 and 1981. His 22-year-old son, Jeff, who was recently honorably discharged as a primary marksmanship instructor and helicopter crew chief in the United States Marine Corps, was born in Washington D.C.
In recent years, Eric has mixed business and environmental consulting with world travels. His travels abroad include touring the continent of Australia on a motorcycle and crewing aboard the 18th Century tall ship replica, the HMS Endeavour, sailing 3,000 miles from Hawaii to Fiji. He was also president of an American-owned architectural, engineering and fabrication company located in Poland and Germany to assist it in transition from a Soviet-era management system to a western model.
Eric continues to conduct workshops for industry and government (NASA, for example) on “Environmental Empowerment” which is designed to help organizations navigate the regulatory maze. He helped found a local small business that has become a national franchise offering and assisted in the new start of Hawkins International, a public relations company in the tourist industry.
In October 2004, Eric organized and moderated a town meeting on “America in Iraq” at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins. The meeting was a bipartisan event drawing more than 450 local citizens. No incumbent state or national elected officials attended or were represented at the event, although all were invited.
Eric also serves on the Board of Advisors to the Bas Bleu Theatre Company and returned to the stage in an ensemble production of “Spinning into Butter” in 2004.