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Aaron R. Eilers

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Aaron currently serves as a Senior Project Manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Denver Regulatory Office, where he oversees the stream and wetland mitigation program. He is Chair of the Colorado Interagency Review Team (IRT) and manages the development of mitigation banks and in-lieu fee programs used to provide mitigation off-sets for stream and wetland impacts. He also manages a wide range of Clean Water Act Section 404 permits throughout the Denver metro area and the Front Range. Previously, he served as a biologist for the Colorado Department of Transportation and before that as a biologist and environmental inspector for multiple environmental consulting firms, specializing primarily in linear utility projects.


Aaron earned a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation and Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MS in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver.

Professional Background

Aaron spearheaded the development of a stream assessment method now used statewide in Colorado, as well as the development of the Colorado Mitigation Procedures (COMP)to establish the standard for debiting and crediting of streams and wetlands in Colorado. For his efforts, he has earned numerous commendations from the Albuquerque and Omaha Districts of the Corps, and a Silver Medal for Superior Service from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Motivation for Teaching

Aaron has a passion for sharing work experiences and seeks to develop the next generation of successful environmental professionals. His time in the government and private sectors has led to hard-won lessons in project permitting and planning which he hopes to pass to upcoming biologists and project managers.

Helping Students Be Successful

Aaron teaches his students based on real-life examples and hands-on exercises. He is emphatic about professional quality writing and assignment submittals. He is readily available via email to answer questions, provide guidance and offer insights from the environmental project management world.