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Wes Newell

Senior Design Specialist, QAQC

Wes Newell has been involved in the design and/or construction of over $50,000,000 in funds for environmental restoration projects.  Restoration plans have been developed and constructed on individual projects with funding of over $4,000,000.  Designed and/or constructed 200+ environmental projects over the last 30 years, encompassing more than 170,000 linear feet of channel, 32 dams, and 10,000 acres of restoration land.  Wes maintains experience in all phases of planning, design, and construction.

Wes’s work includes 30+ years identifying, designing, permitting, and constructing river/lake restoration, dam removal, stormwater, hydrologic development, wetland, and environmental restoration projects.  Environmental plans have been developed and/or constructed on large scale projects including the N.C. Global TransPark, Randleman Reservoir, Piedmont Triad Regional Airport (Fedex), Pope Air Force Base, N.C. Department of Transportation, S.C. Department of Transportation, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Municipal Reservoirs, American Rivers, N.C. Division of Mitigation Services, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation. 



President, Restoration Systems Design-Build Division (current)

President, Backwater Environmental, 2001-2019

Vice President, EcoScience Corporation, 1998-2001

Senior Project Manager, Environmental Services Inc., 1992-1998

Research Associate, Hydrology Lab, Clemson University, 1990-1992

Masters Degree, Clemson University, Landscape Ecosystem Classification, 1992

Regional Hydrologist-Aquaculture, U.S. Agency for International Development, Zaire Africa, 1987-1990

Bachelors Degree, Clemson University, Biochemistry, 1987

Research Assistant, Clemson University:  Water Quality Analyses / Aquaculture, 1984-1987


Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS),

Professional Soil Scientist (N.C. Registry of Certified Professionals (NCRCPS)

Level 4 Rosgen River Restoration and Natural Channel Design

Hydrogeomorphic (HGM) Wetland Functional Assessment

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