A History of Environmental Engineering in the United States

by William C. Anderson, No affiliation information available.,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources and Environmental History


Environmental engineering is a relatively new name for a type of engineering that began in the United States in the 1830s. Under different names, it continued to evolve to satisfy environmental challenges posed by urbanization, suburbanization, and the other needs of the nation during the industrial revolution in the late 1800s through the information revolution of the 1990s. Until 1970, when Earth Day captured the public's attention leading to a concentrated effort to clean up the environment, the profession was practiced by but a few. Yet, the pioneers . Mills, Chesbrough, Sedgwick, Hazen, Metcalf, Eddy, Camp, Fair, Wolman, to name a few . blazed a trail establishing design protocols still in use today. Of necessity, this section is but a brief overview of the rich heritage on which modern environmental engineering is founded.

Subject Headings: Environmental engineering | Engineering history | History and Heritage | Urban areas | Suburbs | Professional practice | Industries | United States

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