Greenways Make Blueways: Restoring Wetlands in the Tennessee Valley

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Monday, May, 8, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm



Dr. Bill Phillips will discuss how he and his colleagues have restored nearly 45,000 feet of impaired stream banks and restored local wetlands in preparation of industrial sites like Volkswagen, Whirlpool, and Amazon.  He will also describe how nature trails based on high-quality aquatic assets are outstanding additions to residential developments as well.

Dr. Phillips has more than 45 years of experience conducting a variety of ecological projects. His experience includes a long history of conducting environmental impact assessments, endangered and threatened species surveys, wetland delineations, small impoundment management, environmental site assessments, stream restoration, and wetland restoration and mitigation. He interacts on a regular basis with regulatory agencies throughout the Southeast, including the EPA, US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Fish & Wildlife Services, and various city, state, and county officials. In 2014, he and Larry Carter founded the new Envision Ecology, LLC, a Tennessee Limited Liability Company. Dr. Phillips has designed and installed more than 45,000 feet of restored stream channels and more than 750 acres of wetlands, virtually all of the projects involved threatened and endangered species studies. He is currently working with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the US Fish & Wildlife Service to provide field data concerning primary burrowing crayfish in TN and Georgia.

Dr. Phillips has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Chemistry, and Geology from the University of Chattanooga. He also obtained a Bachelor of Science in Photojournalism, a Master of Science in Zoology, Botany, and Ecology, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Fishery Management, Ichthyology, and Aquatic Ecology from Auburn University. From North Carolina State University, he obtained his Stream and Restoration Certification.

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