Avid outdoors-people. Plain and simple. We love being outside/on the water, and we were fortunate enough to turn our childhood hobby into a full-time career.

The staff at Black Lagoon is made up of a passionate team of outdoor enthusiasts with college degrees in Environmental Science and Wildlife Biology.  When you see us wading through the mud, backpacking a steep slope or pushing a boat through an algae-covered pond on a humid summer day, rest-assured, we really want to be there.  The extra effort provides our clientele with a quality of service that is hard to match and gives us a significant level of personal and corporate satisfaction.  There's something to be said for "getting to work where you play".

Have a college degree in an Environmental discipline? Interested in an outdoor service career?
Please forward your a resume and a brief cover describing how you can enhance our team.......


Meet the Team

 
Chris Borek, Owner

Chris Borek, Owner

Chris Borek

Prior to starting Black Lagoon, I had spent more than 10 years working in the Lake Management/Aquatic Services divisions of large, national consulting firms.  We spent countless hours monitoring water quality, mapping watersheds, surveying fisheries and developing comprehensive management plans for many drinking water reservoirs and almost every notable lake and watershed in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.  Working with those large companies, inevitably, the most qualified staff and best equipment were always dedicated to the larger lake and mitigation clients.  The "pond and fountain" clients were considered a "nuisance necessity" and never given any priority.  Summer help were sent to work on the ponds and, in companies dominated by engineers and Ph.D-types, noone really knew how or wanted to deal with complicated electric fountains. 

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Finally, in 2006, after years of frustration with the lack of attention given to the more localized pond, fountain and invasives clientele (my favorite clients and the market I preferred), I made the decision to start Black Lagoon, a firm dedicated specifically to the pond, fountain and invasive species market. It has taken time, but Black Lagoon is now recognized nationally as the region's leader in the niche invasives, pond and fountain market.  We have full-time, dedicated professionals with college degrees in biological disciplines working on EVERY project.  We take pride in that even the smallest, residential pond has a trained, licensed biologist performing the requisite service, and that every fountain is handled by a factory-trained technician.

Chris has a B.S. in Environmental Science w/ a minor in Natural Resource Management from Rutgers University, Cook College.  He has a NJ Comprehensive Science Teacher's Certificate and has held licenses in aquatic pesticide applications in NJ, PA, MD, DE, VA and NY.  He is also a  SePro Preferred Applicator/Steward of Water and an AquaMaster factory-trained service technician.

Chris is the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Member Award from the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society (NEAPMS), where he currently resides on the Board of Directors.


Christian Watkins, Regional Manager

Christian Watkins, Regional Manager

Christian Watkins

Serving as the territory manager for northern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania, Christian manages hundreds of ponds and small lakes ranging from private homeowner sites to high profile golf courses and corporate clients. Having worked in the aquatics industry since 2000, Christian has extensive experience in aquatic weed and algal species identification and in the development of innovative treatments for managing them. He's also experienced in the design, installation, and maintenance of fountain and subsurface aeration systems. Other qualifications include: B.S. in Environmental Science from Wilkes University; Licensed pesticide applicator in two (2) states; SePro Preferred Applicator/Steward of Water; AquaMaster factory trained service technician.

An avid hunter and fisherman, Christian’s favorite place to be is with wildlife in and around wetland/aquatic ecosystems. When not lost in the woods or on the water, he regularly participates in charity mud-runs, 5Ks and half-marathons. 


Steven Tomajer, Project Manager & Invasives Control Specialist

Steven Tomajer, Project Manager & Invasives Control Specialist

Steven Tomajer  

Serving as project manager for southern New Jersey and southeast Pennsylvania, Steven employs his unique perspective when developing integrated invasive species management plans.  From working with the National Park Service — playing a key role with their invasive plant control team in Virginia — in addition to his work in aquatics, he offers a significant amount of experience implementing upland and wetland invasive control programs in parks, closed landfills, superfund sites and wetland mitigation areas from Virginia to New Jersey.  In addition to aquatics, Steven is licensed in Forest Pest Control.

An avid outdoorsman, Steven has a natural interest in biodiversity and conservation efforts. When not wading lakes and ponds, he can be found camping, backpacking, canoeing, fishing, hunting, and whitewater rafting. 

Steven is trained and recognized as a SePro Preferred Applicator/Steward of Water.  He holds a degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Maine.


Josh Burnside, Aquatic Specialist

Josh Burnside, Aquatic Specialist

Joshua Burnside

Serving as an aquatic specialist for Black Lagoon's Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware clientele, Joshua works in and around wetlands, ponds and lakes across the region.  Joshua has a diverse background in aquatics:  from sediment and erosion control efforts, fountain troubleshooting/service and water quality monitoring to pond and lake restoration.  He employs resourceful techniques to these areas on a daily basis. Other qualifications include a B.S in Environmental Science from Delaware Valley College and licensing as an aquatic pesticide applicator in three (3) states.

When not working, Joshua will be found wading a stream or coastal flat in pursuit of any number of fresh and saltwater species. Spending the majority of his time in the outdoors, he is also an avid hunter, and enjoys kayaking and trail running. Joshua  coaches college soccer at his alma mater where he had an MVP playing career.