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 wetlands and streams. He received his B.S. from the University of Vermont, where he studied ecology, natural resource management, and landscape design. His undergraduate work on constructed wetlands as an alternative wastewater treatment strategy led him to pursue work in floating treatment wetlands and land application for storm- and wastewater treatment. For four years he managed the silviculture operations of a 150-acre hybrid poplar (Populus trichocarpa x deltoides) tree farm, diverting 1M gallons per day of municipal wastewater effluent from the Clark Fork River, MT. He continues to develop alternative storm- and wastewater solutions to complement Low-Impact Development and Best Management Practice approaches.
From 2013-2020, Patrick worked to restore degraded habitats throughout the Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest. This work primarily occurred within wetland, stream, and floodplain systems to mitigate impairments resulting from decades of timber, mineral, and agricultural mismanagement. During this time, Patrick earned an MSc in Systems Ecology from the University of Montana for his research in the Upper Clark Fork River basin evaluating hydrologic, geomorphic, and biogeochemical dynamics in a 3,000-acre wetland stream complex. For nearly a century this 23-km system acted as the bilge for the Anaconda Smelter Superfund site. Over an 18-month study period, Patrick modeled geochemical fluxes and hydro-geomorphic controls to determine the origin, loading rate, and fate of nutrients, organic matter, and trace metals in a landscape subjected to over a century of mining-related degradation.
Patrick returned to live in the Northeast and continues to collaborate with engineers, hydrologists, geomorphologists, and biologists to assess, design, construct, monitor and manage ecological restoration and water resource projects throughout the US. He uses Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and hydraulic and hydrologic modeling to perform high-quality analyses for myriad environmental projects. When projects go to construction, he is an expert at 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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