January 2017 marks the 20-year anniversary of Environmental Business Specialists and begins the celebration of the many successes we’ve achieved with you: our clients, partners, vendors, colleagues and friends. In January 1997, Mike Foster started his own company with the mission of helping water treatment companies in the area of wastewater treatment (WWT). His goal was to enhance the value wastewater treatment engineers and operators could attain through improvements in operations and increased efficiency and to help clients meet their permit limits and minimize their impact on receiving streams, rivers, and waterways through his consulting services.
With the help of many dedicated and talented people, Mike’s vision and innovation has grown EBS to a staff of over thirty-five wastewater specialists, including engineers, microbiologists, and chemists, serving the wastewater needs of industrial manufacturing plants in the areas of laboratory analyses; research and development; treatability; on-site client services and support; plant WWT studies and surveys; training for wastewater treatment operations, OSHA, and laboratory testing; laboratory audits; WWTS start-ups, shutdowns, and maintenance downs; and products such as nutrients, dry and liquid bacterial cultures, nitrifiers, polymers, and bacteria acceleration chambers (BAC units). EBS has become known as the “go-to” consultant for emergency situations within the pulp and paper WWT industry.
As trusted advisors for our clients, EBS is inspired to help them protect North America’s rivers, lakes, streams, and estuaries while supporting their financial goals and long-term sustainability. As experts in the industry, we have conducted hours of research, written a variety of reports and reference materials and presented to organizations on every level: corporate, plant environmental department personnel, plant sites, schools and more.
As vested in the waterways and wastewater systems as we are, EBS and their employees are equally invested in the community in which they work and live, namely in education. EBS mentors high school students and aids in different internship programs. Mike started a not-for-profit focusing on science education, named after his father, a science and math educator, called The Harvey L. Foster Foundation for Science Education. EBS believes that the only way to continue the work we do here to protect our limited natural resources is to continue innovating, developing, and sharing the knowledge we gain, and the company and our people strongly believe in the responsibility we have to our natural environment and the community that has allowed us to continue to grow and thrive.
We appreciate you for being a part of our first 20 years and look forward to the next 20 and beyond.