Cheryl A. Kehres-Dietrich, CGWP provides senior project management and serves as a senior technical resource for SME’s environmental team. Cheryl has 33 years of environmental experience as a hydrogeologist, focusing on large/complex Part 201 sites and Brownfield Redevelopment from the technical side. She is responsible for SME’s environmental subsurface training and quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) programs. Cheryl serves as SME’s senior contact with the MDEQ on Part 201 remediation and closures, and has extensive experience in UST closures. Her project work includes serving as SME’s program director for energy clients providing environmental services related to a variety of sites including energy generation, transmission, service centers and historic manufactured gas plants. Cheryl holds BS and MS degrees in Geology from MSU specializing in hydrogeology.

Cheryl’s expertise shines in the area of developing practical remediation and reuse strategies that integrate with the overall project needs. She is well known for her collaboration as a member of an Owner’s project team to creatively solve environmental problems as she works well with other design professionals, contractors, and regulators to develop and implement environmental solutions. She is at her best when solving problems with difficult environmental issues, be it nonaqueous-phase liquid (NAPL), vapor intrusion, soil and groundwater management for massive excavations with environmentally impacted fill for construction of new buildings, contaminant migration, groundwater/surface water interface, dermal contact, or other exposure pathways.

One of SME’s finest, Cheryl received an SME President’s Award for her outstanding dedication to SME’s vision, mission and values which include being her clients’ trusted business ally. Her wealth of knowledge positioned her to serve on Michigan’s Collaborative Stakeholder Initiative (CSI) for Reinventing Michigan’s Cleanup and Redevelopment program. In 2012, Cheryl was appointed to the MDEQ Response Activity Review Panel which was formed to advise the director of the MDEQ on technical or scientific disputes related to Part 201 and Part 213 issues. She continues to monitor new MDEQ environmental rules and regulations.

Cheryl gives back to the community by lecturing at her alma mater, Michigan State University, once a semester in a senior Civil Engineering class. She is a MSU Spartan football fan - Go Green! She also serves on the Schoolcraft College Environmental Advisory Board, and enjoys volunteering as part of the SME team to help at Gleaners Food Bank.


Manufactured Gas Plant Remediation

Inactive for several decades, former gas manufacturing sites posed threats to people and the environment until remediation began in the 1990’s and continues today.

Bioremediation of Volatile Organic Compounds

Air sparging removes contamination and dramatically reduces a client’s annual operation and maintenance costs.


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