Amy is a Water Resources Engineer designing stream restoration projects since 2008 and stormwater management projects since 2005. She has designed miles of stream restoration using natural channel design principles and process based restoration methods including beaver dam analogs and low-tech solutions. Her stormwater experience includes dozens of Low Impact Design (LID) stormwater systems in highly urbanized watersheds including many Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance (RSC), constructed wetland, and bioretention systems. She supports the design process from assessment through construction. Amy prioritizes collaboration focusing on communication and teamwork as the foundation of success. Amy is helping to expand our efforts to restore ecosystems in North Carolina while supporting our Virginia Team. In this role, she’s excited to expand her knowledge of local habitats and cultivate new business opportunities.
Amy led the technical effort and was the engineer of record for restoration of Blacks Run for the City of Harrisonburg, VA. This project includes 5500 ft of stream and 500 ft of additional tributaries and outfall channels. This project required navigating all the typical urban conflicts including many utilities and a proposed greenway. The design focused on improving channel geometry for sediment transport and storm flow management with floodplain connectivity. In addition to 1-D floodplain modeling to confirm a no-rise condition 2-D modeling was performed to dial in the design and identify specific areas in need of additional stability measures while maintaining softer practices in other areas. This design utilized a baseflow channel constructed of riffle material, boulders, and logs. Outside of baseflow all storm flows will contact vegetated banks.
Amy was the lead designer and engineer of record on a project in Del Rio, TN in the Cherokee National Forest to replace an aquatic organism blockage on Trail Fork. Trout Unlimited and USFS have performed an extensive prioritization process to identify cold water habitat that is disconnected and inaccessible native aquatic organisms including brook trout. This is primarily due to inadequate or failing road/stream crossings. Trail Fork is a pristine mountain stream that had a severe impediment to aquatic organism passage due to undermined culverts with perched outlets. Amy lead the effort to replace these culverts with a bridge to provide continuous natural bottom stream habitat with adequate fish passage parameters using the USFS AOP methodology.
Ecosystem Services was the prime on a team with a landscape architecture firm and a stormwater specialist to design the Loth Spring Natural Area for the City of Waynseboro, VA. The central features of this design were daylighting the spring to its confluence with the South River and a stormwater wetland to treat the run off from impervious areas in the adjacent neighborhood. In addition to these surface water management features landscape features such as site accessibility, improved views, meadow establishment, re-forestation, and parking areas were incorporated. The multi-discipline team worked together to provide a thoughtful, whole systems approach transforming a fenced off open field to a natural area amenity for the community while simultaneously providing improved surface water management.