Michael Ogden


Since 1986, Mr. Ogden has been involved in the engineering design and project management of over 600 water infrastructure projects using natural treatment systems for the treatment of wastewater, storm water, and septage. Projects include municipal, decentralized and on-site wastewater collection, treatment, disposal and reuse systems. These projects span 44 states, Canada, Mexico, China, Afghanistan, Australia, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Colombia, Bahamas, Cambodia, India, Peru and Fiji.

Many of these projects are designed in conjunction with land planners, architects, landscape architects, wildlife biologists, and ecologists with the goal of developing sustainable water infrastructure. Incorporating the ecologies of the pond, wetlands, prairie, and woodlands natural systems have provided extra dimensions to the typical infrastructure project leading to many awards for the lead firms. Besides generating clean water, such a design approach also provides attractive landscapes and habitat in both urban and Greenfield sites.

Projects range in size from small subdivisions to regional master plans involving hundreds of square kilometers and new cities of more than 100,000 people.  Mr. Ogden has focused design efforts on water and energy efficiency and the carbon sequestration, and nutrient recycling potential of natural systems. As an early proponent of wastewater treatment and reuse, Mr. Ogden is responsible for designing and permitting the first total reuse systems in New Mexico, Nevada, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Mr. Ogden has contributed to the design guidelines and regulations for various states including Indiana, Arizona, Texas, Nebraska, and New Mexico. He is also a member of the SITES Initiative Water Technical Advisory committee.