Blue Gold Systems is led by SASHA EARL, President and P.E. Mr. Earl is able to draw from a rare level of experience in both the policy and technical aspects of water resource management. He is equally comfortable addressing water issues in private, non-profit and governmental environments.
Prior to his work as a professional engineer in the private sector, Mr. Earl worked five years at the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Specific activities at the TCEQ, in addition to intensive routine technical evaluations of over 400 conventional wastewater systems and 75 water systems of all types and sizes, included: (1) reviews of preliminary engineering reports submitted by private sector professional engineers for comment; (2) providing technical guidance and resources to municipalities and engineering firms attempting to bring failing systems into compliance with their permits; (3) CCN amendment application processing including assessments of water and wastewater operations and equipment expenses and subsequent rate designs for water and wastewater systems to protect the public from unfair utility rates. While at the agency, he was directly involved in major water quality rule revisions and revisions of state laws (working with the state legislature) in response to organizational restructuring at the state agency.
From 1997-2000, Mr. Earl was hired by Loomis and Partners, Inc., a local Austin, Texas Civil Engineering Firm. Mr. Earl served as the Director of the Water and Wastewater as well as Chief Operating Officer for the company during his tenure. He provided technical oversight and professional engineering supervision for water and wastewater infrastructure projects. Projects included contract negotiations, preliminary planning, funding acquisition, development of preliminary engineering reports, state and federal permitting, development of construction plans and specifications (system designs), bidding and contracting for construction, and construction administration. While at Loomis Partners, Mr. Earl was first hired to do technical expert litigation work based on his experience at TCEQ.
From 2000 to 2010, as Director of Engineering and then Chief Executive Officer of the nonprofit Border WaterWorks, Mr. Earl continued with the type of work he had done in the private sector, applying the knowledge and experience gained to aiding impoverished and disenfranchised communities in the South Texas and New Mexican “Colonias” and to the Navajo and Picuris Nations.
Mr. Earl grew up exploring the creeks and rivers of the Texas Hill Country. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He has designed and permitted wastewater facilities in New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington. Mr. Earl has been a licensed professional engineer since 1998.