Phil Fortunato has been in the erosion control industry for over 30 years and was the first private individual to be approved by the Washington State Department of Ecology as a Certified Erosion & Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) instructor in 2002. Since then he has train over 3000 contractors and local jurisdictions in stormwater permit compliance. Phil founded the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association and was itís first President.
With his previous company Briargreen, Phil participated in WSDOT / Univ. of Washington Erosion Studies and has conducted seminars on Hydroseeding Specifications to over 400 architects, engineers and governmental agencies. His Specification Guide is cited in the King County and the State of Washington Drainage Manuals.
Philís seed mixes for bio-filtration swales and wetland revegitation have been accepted as standards in King County.
Phil also served in the Washington State House of Representatives on the Transportation, Local Government and, Agriculture and Ecology Committees. The Local Government committee covered the Growth Management Act, Shoreline Management Act, and implementation of the Endangered Species Act Salmon rules. The Agriculture and Ecology Committees covered water quality for the Endangered Species Act Salmon rules.