Gary Paradoski


Gary Paradoski is President of Aqua Vitae. His duties encompass design and oversight of natural resources, green infrastructure, and water quality projects. Many aspects of these projects include stream stabilization and ecosystem restoration, Best Management Practices (BMPs), hydrologic & hydraulic studies, water quality monitoring & analyses, erosion & sediment control and sustainable storm water management. Gary has over 25 years of experience in land surveying, field studies, acquiring and administering permits, preparation of construction documents and specifications, and construction observation. He often engages the public and stakeholders regarding sustainable engineering practices, including low-impact development (LID) and agricultural nutrient management.


B.S. in Civil Engineering – Construction, Lawrence Technological University (1996) 

U.S. Army Surveyor Advanced Training (1989)

Professional Information

Licensed Professional Engineer – Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Texas, Wisconsin

Certified Professional in Erosion & Sediment Control (CPESC): 7657 (2013)

Lake County Designated Erosion Control Inspector (DECI): (2016)

IDOT Documentation of Contract Quantities: 16-11852 (2016)


American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Sustainability Committee Chair

Founding Board Member, Illinois Veterans Chamber of Commerce

Jason Carlson


Jason Carlson is the Senior GIS Analyst at Aqua Vitae.  His duties include geography, cartography, spatial analyses, remote sensing, land surveying and CAD for natural resources, green infrastructure, and water quality projects. Many aspects of these projects include stream assessments, watershed planning, landscape and vegetation modeling, asset management, and overall cartographic and map design. Jason has over 17 years of experience in GIS analysis, database creation/management, cartographic and GIS/GPS mapping techniques. In these projects, Jason utilizes ArcGIS with 3D, Spatial and Image Analyst as well as ArcHydro. Jason also is actively involved in hydrologic data collection and field monitoring for water quality and watershed planning projects. 


M.S. in Resource Planning, 1999

Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri

B.A. in Geography, 1997

Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin



Leica RCD30 and Airborne Data Systems Aerial Camera installation, flight planning, data acquisition and processing

Trimble RTK, Total Station, GPS and Pathfinder surveying and processing