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About Us

Established in 2009, Blackwater aims to assist transportation agencies in making well-informed decisions integrating environmental and equitable community values early into the project planning process.

Innovative. Experienced. Knowledgeable.

Blackwater Environmental Group is multi-state certified as a minority, disadvantaged, and small business enterprise (MBE/DBE/SBE), specializing in environmental planning services. With over 30 years of industry experience, our team collaborates with governmental agencies to develop unique and tailored solutions for challenging environmental projects and tasks. 


We are committed to delivering innovative approaches and cultivating partnerships that assist clients in navigating evolving industry requirements and policies.  Our solutions promote compliant, sustainable, resilient, inclusive, and fiscally responsible projects and initiatives.

Blackwater offers a comprehensive range of environmental planning services, including National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance and documentation; technical analyses and impact assessments; environmental justice and equity initiatives; public involvement and stakeholder engagement; process streamlining; agency coordination; air quality and noise policy compliance and analyses; geographic information system (GIS) data analysis and mapping; federal, state, and local grant program management and procurement; climate change and resiliency strategies; and alternative energy solutions.

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Our Story

Caryn J.G. Brookman founded Blackwater in 2009, with the purpose of providing environmental planning services in the transportation sector that were not just acceptable but exceptional. The business moniker pays homage to her hometown of Cambridge, Maryland, home to the magnificent Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Over the past decade, Caryn has built a team of innovative, knowledgeable, and experienced professionals who strive to exceed the standard.

Our team here at Blackwater is comprised of senior industry leaders that are committed to creating innovative solutions that help our clients streamline existing processes, minimize environmental impact, and have long-lasting benefits to transportation users and surrounding communities. 

Our Mission

Blackwater delivers exceptional environmental and planning services in the transportation sector by navigating current regulations while developing innovative approaches and fostering partnerships to help clients adapt to shifting industry demands and policies.

Our Vision

Blackwater will be a leader in developing compliant, sustainable, and resilient projects and programs in the transportation and energy sectors by being innovative, responsive, professional, and adaptive. Blackwater will become a full service environmental and planning firm by broadening our capabilities through recruiting, developing, and retaining expert staff with diverse experience to meet client needs and expand our client network.

Our Core Values

  • Respect

  • Trust

  • Honesty

  • Quality

  • Responsiveness

  • Professionalism

  • Work/Life Balance

  • Kindness

  • Community Service

  • Inclusion

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Our Memberships

ACEC/MD American Council of Engineering Companies/Maryland Logo
APA American Planning Association Logo
CEAM County Engineers Association of Maryland Logo
MdQI Maryland Quality Initiative Logo
MSGIC Maryland State Geographic Information Committee Logo
MAREP Mid-Atlantic Region of Environmental Professionals Logo
NAEP National Association of Environmental Professionals Logo
SHRM Society of Human Resources Management Logo
TRB Transportation Research Board of the National Academies Logo
WPO Women Presidents Organization Logo
WTS Women in Transportation Seminar Logo

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