Phil Brink, CEP...

Phil earned a B.S. in Animal Science and a Masters in Environmental Science from Kansas State University.  He has worked as a hydrologist for the Division of Water Resources, and as a Geologist and Water Quality Analyst for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).  In those roles, he oversaw soil and groundwater contamination investigations, and prepared water quality assessment reports for counties to use in their watershed improvement planning efforts.  He also conducted field work that encompassed water quality sampling and testing in drinking water supply watersheds, and he created the Kansas Surface Water Monitoring (SWiM) program, which equipped high school science classes around the state with field and laboratory water quality testing equipment.  

For the last 15 years, Phil has enjoyed working with agricultural producers in Colorado and elsewhere, helping them with environmental compliance and nutrient management.  He has also published a STUDY of the economic feasibility of utilizing pre-consumer food waste in the livestock industry as a way to both reduce food waste and livestock feeding costs.

Phil is a Certified Environmental Professional through the Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professionals.  He is also a USDA-NRCS Technical Service Provider, and a named inventor on U.S. Patent no. 8,642,262, which covers environmental management system components.  Phil is a certified Transportation Erosion Control Supervisor (TECS) through the Colorado Department of Transportation and he is experienced in water and wind erosion modeling.  He has authored several articles covering environmental regulations, nutrient management, soil health, water rights and ag water leasing.  Publishing outlets include BEEF, Drovers Journal, Hoard's Dairyman, Beef Today, Dairy Today, Progressive Dairyman, and High Plains Journal, as well as county conservation district newsletters and trade association publications.

In his free time, Phil enjoys spending time with his family biking, hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and riding trails.  He also enjoys serving on the Erie Open Space and Trails Board.