Project Ecologist III
- B.S., Wildlife Ecology, B.S., Forest Management, University of Maine
- Wetland Science and Management Certificate, University of Washington
- Terrestrial and Wetland Ecology
- Wetland & Ordinary High Water Mark Delineations
- Habitat Restoration/Mitigation Planning, Design, Monitoring
- Mapping, Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, GIS Analysis
- Environmental Permitting / Agency Coordination
Bill’s expertise includes ecological studies, project feasibility/siting, environmental impacts assessment, and habitat restoration/mitigation for species and habitats regulated by federal, state, and local jurisdictions. He has successfully permitted projects through Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), and other federal, state, and local requirements. Bill works collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams to design projects that avoid or minimize environmental impacts and develops mitigation in cases of unavoidable impacts. His work often involves combining his extensive knowledge as an applied ecologist with his experience using in-situ monitoring technologies, GPS mapping, and GIS to develop numerical and visual representations of shifts in environmental conditions.
Examples of Bill’s project work include the following:
- Bill designed and constructed two 100-acre wetland and habitat restoration projects to compensate for wetland impacts incurred by refinery expansion. He directed a multidisciplinary team conducting a 3-year study investigating soils and hydrologic patterns, and mapping surface and subsurface hydrologic pathways. Based on the hydrology studies, Bill prepared specifications for the engineers to design a topographic layout. He also designed a habitat planting plan to minimize disturbance to heron colony site use. Bill obtained permits, supported construction activities, planted 160,000 seedlings, and prepared a 10-year performance monitoring and maintenance program. Both projects successfully completed 10-year performance period.
- To determine annual avian mortality rates at a wind facility in Goldendale, Washington, Bill managed a 1-year bird and bat mortality survey. The methods he developed for surveying turbine plots ensured precision and replicability of survey methodology. His work also included conducting Technical Advisory Committee meetings consisting of landowners and agency staff to review survey results.
- Bill managed preparation of a permit application for in-water stream channel repairs and armoring that restored cover and minimized future erosion over an existing oil pipeline. As part of a larger permit package, he prepared biological assessment related to Endangered Species Act-listed salmonids.