Over the course of his 25-year career, David has been at the forefront of environmental protection. Inspired by his first geography professor, David pursued his interest in nature with a degree in Environmental Studies from Texas State University. The rest is history.
Since then, David has seen many changes in the consulting industry, but his persistence and dedication to clients and the community have made lasting positive impacts. Over the years, his proudest project has also been the longest-lasting. David led the Bolivar Ferry project from initial concepts and permitting to what is, 15 years later, a growing public beach enjoyed by area residents and wildlife alike.
“By doing a good job every day, following the rules, and providing a really good product for the client… that’s the difference we make.”
David doesn’t sit still outside of work either, providing leadership for his neighborhood and community volunteer events, planting trees, and still enjoying the natural world that put him on his path. His advice to new professionals?
“This is what I was meant to do. Find the right place for you… the one that works the best and stick to it.”
We celebrate David’s 10th year with EPR and his continued inspiration to his team and community. David personifies EPR’s corporate value of Environmental Stewardship and natural resource conservation.
EPR has hired Michael Kelly as the newest member of the Senior Management team, to support growth of our Water Resources services. Mike brings over 26 years of experience in organizational leadership, program management, and process improvement to our growing firm.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to begin the next phase of my career in natural resources conservation with Ecosystem Planning and Restoration! After completing a fulfilling career with the City of Austin’s best in class Watershed Protection Department, I look forward to bringing my skills in design, construction management, business administration, and staff development to EPR.”
Mike will support the firm’s program and project management initiatives through scope development to meet client needs efficiently and effectively, pursuit of external funding sources, staff growth and development; and delivery of quality projects in a timely and cost-effective manner.
“I have a passion for communicating with people to make sure we walk the project path together. Very much looking forward to working on cool projects, with cool people, in cool places.”
Welcome to the team Mike, we are very excited to have you.
The North Carolina Department of Mitigation Services has awarded a contract for the Stoney Creek Pilot Project to Ecosystem Planning & Restoration, LLC. The project will mitigate flooding using natural infrastructure, which mimics natural processes.
“As experts in Nature-Based Solutions and a long-standing consultant to NC Department of Mitigation Services, EPR is uniquely qualified to lead a successful pilot project that will inform future phases of work in North Carolina,”Kevin Tweedy, EPR Principal and Project Manager.
Team members, Moffit and Nichol, Greenman Pedersen, Inc, and WSP USA join EPR, forming a team that will utilize local knowledge and extensive experience to natural infrastructure solutions that alleviate flooding.
“EPR Team members have spent their careers developing successful projects in local communities. Efforts to make improvements within a local community are best achieved when there is active engagement, input, and direction from the community being served.” Sonny Kaiser, EPR Principal.
The Team will provide planning, stakeholder engagement, and implementation of flood mitigation projects within the Stoney Creek watershed, a subwatershed of the Neuse River Basin, that encompasses much of the City of Goldsboro. Other critical components of the project include acquisition, permitting and agency coordination, construction oversight and surveying, operations and maintenance planning, and performance monitoring.
The Stoney Creek Pilot Project will target flooding which impacts businesses, roadways, and access to emergency services in Wayne County and Goldsboro. These systems can include strategies like building wetlands and restoring streams and floodplains which help store water and attenuate flooding.
Success in the Stoney Creek watershed will serve as the basis for expanding natural infrastructure flood mitigation projects to additional watersheds. Lessons learned through the Stoney Creek project will help develop scaling solutions to enhance community flood resilience across North Carolina.
The Stoney Creek Pilot Project kicked off in early January 2023.CONTACT: Kevin Tweedy, EPR Principal and Project Manager
Ecosystem Planning and Restoration, LLC
In 2020, the NC General Assembly created the Natural Infrastructure Flood Mitigation Program (NIFMP) within DMS, incorporating flood storage capacity enhancement projects into the Department’s activities. The 2021 Appropriations Act further supported this mission by setting aside $3.5 million to create pilot projects addressing chronic flooding in the Stoney Creek watershed. DMS also received funding through the NC Office of Recovery and Resilience from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to be used for NIFMP development.