Environmental Consulting & Engineering Services - from Concept to Reality



"One of the features that differentiates ESS is our specialization in waterfront and offshore development. Over the past five years, ESS coastal consulting assignments have expanded our geographic reach, into New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, the Great Lakes, the Caribbean, and Hawaii."

Payson Whitney

Payson R. Whitney, III, PE

Vice President
Water & Coastal Engineering

Payson Whitney is a Vice President at ESS Group, Inc. and Practice Leader of the Water & Coastal Engineering Practice. He has more than 19 years of experience in a wide range of public and private sector projects, including project design and management activities in civil/site engineering, coastal permitting/shoreline assessment, and engineering and permitting of electrical transmission projects.

He specializes in planning, routing, surveying, and installing High Voltage AC and DC submarine electric transmission cable systems, landfall transitions, and interconnections with local grid substations. Mr. Whitney has conducted submarine cable routing, constructability, and installation assessments along the eastern seaboard for some of the largest submarine cable system projects developed in the last 15 years.

Mr. Whitney’s engineering design and management experience includes metals recycling site and stormwater management system design; marina planning and design; dredging design; roadway design; site layout and design; stormwater management permitting, design, and compliance; transportation analysis; third party technical peer reviews; preparation and review of construction bid documents and shop drawings; construction phase services; and environmental monitoring.

Professional Affiliations

Professional Engineer Registration - Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Virginia
Ocean and Coastal Resources Committee Chair, Environmental Business Council New England
Master Design Certificate for Low Impact Development - Rhode Island


BS, Civil Engineering, Lehigh University, 1994