Mr. Keitz has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from the Ohio State University and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Akron, with an emphasis in hydraulic and geotechnical engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of Ohio and a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM). Additionally, he has completed several courses in stream morphology taught by Dave Rosgen of Wildland Hydrology (through Level III), Robert Newbury, PhD, P.E. of Newbury Hydraulics, and Richard Hey, PhD, P.E. of the United Kingdom, among others.
Mr. Keitz has worked for 30 years with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) in the Divisions of Mineral Resources Management (DMRM) and Soil and Water Resources (DSWR). With the DMRM, he worked as a regulatory engineer reviewing applications and enforcing the engineering aspects of surface and underground coal mining; worked in the Abandoned Mined Land (AML) program as a design and construction engineer restoring unreclaimed surface mines and surface effects from underground mines; and worked in the Emergency AML program developing designs and constructing projects in an accelerated manner (e.g., 30 days) in order to stabilize sudden subsidence events occurring near and beneath homes and roads that resulted from past underground coal mining.
With the DSWR, Mr. Keitz worked with rural and urban landowners providing investigations and evaluations (I&E’s) on stream instability issues; worked with engineers and community leaders to improve local stormwater regulations; investigated stormwater issues for communities and landowners, and developed solutions to mitigate the adverse impacts of stormwater; provided technical support to county Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCD’s) on specific stream and stormwater issues; provided technical training to county SWCD technicians across Ohio as part of the Technician Develop Program (TDP); provided training to engineers, geologists and biologists in the areas of stream morphology and stormwater management; worked as the State Floodplain Engineer; and provided technical assistance to the Ohio EPA and Ohio DOT in areas of stream morphology, stormwater management and floodplain management, and provided expert reports on issues involving these areas for these agencies.