WindenWater is an independent LLC working at the nexus of ecosystem ecology, water resource science, and watershed restoration. WindenWater is geared to deliver perennial solutions above and below the waterline, bringing diverse interdisciplinary experience in aquatic, terrestrial, and stormwater systems. Our process involves:
Through a collaborative planning-design-implementation process, WindenWater facilitates and provides for whole-system solutions to optimize ecosystem services, increase resiliency, and reset positive ecological trends.
WindenWater is the result of strong land ethics a desire to enhance our relationship with the biosphere.
Patrick Hurley is a restoration ecologist and water resource scientist with a particular fondness for streams and wetlands. He received his BSc from the University of Vermont, where he studied ecology, natural resource management, and landscape design. Mr. Hurley earned an MSc in Systems Ecology from the University of Montana for his research in the Upper Clark Fork River basin. There, he evaluated hydrologic, geomorphic, and biogeochemical dynamics in a 3,000-acre wetland-stream complex nestled within the US's largest Superfund Site. He simultaneously managed a 100-mile aquatic ecosystem monitoring network through the Upper Clark Fork River Remedial Design Units to track and evaluate floodplain restoration efforts. His research was funded by the MT Natural Resource Damage Program and through NSF's Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) program.
Between 2013 and 2021, Patrick worked for Watershed Consulting, LLC and ICF Jones & Stokes to restore degraded habitats throughout the Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest, and West Coast. This work focused on wetland, stream, and floodplain systems to mitigate impairments resulting from decades of timber, mineral, and agricultural mismanagement. He was directly involved in the restoration planning and implementation of over 20 miles of stream channel and hundreds of acres of floodplain wetlands. Mr. Hurley brings experience from diverse landscape settings and enjoys working on everything from large alluvial river valleys to montane headwater wetlands.
Patrick returned to live in the Northeast in 2021 and collaborates with engineers, hydrologists, geomorphologists, and biologists across the US to assess, design, permit, construct, monitor and manage ecological restoration and water resource projects. He uses Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and sediment/hydraulic/hydrologic modeling to perform high-quality analyses for myriad environmental projects. When projects go to construction, Mr. Hurley is a seasoned expert in restoration implementation, design-build, and adaptive ecosystem management. He is a certified Wetland Delineator and Professional Wetland Scientist-in-training.
WindenWater excels at working with diverse multi-disciplinary teams. Reach out to us or collaborators to discuss partnering and teaming opportunities.
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