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Healthy, sustainable water benefits people and the environment. Yet, in many places, we face too little water or too much. Future development depends on the ability to sustainably manage water – to store and distribute clean water and to manage water rights, stormwater, water quality, aquatic habitats, and wetlands.

Our scientists bring an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to water management and conflict resolution.

Our team helps clients navigate water laws at all levels of government, from local and state water rights, conservation requirements, well drilling, and protection of potable water supply to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which regulates the impact of projects on watersheds, water quality, and aquatic habitat at the federal level.

SWCA works closely with clients to provide an array of services and regulatory solutions related to water resources. We can help move your project forward. 


Relevant Services


  • Rivers, Reservoirs, and Streams
  • Lakes and Ponds
  • Wetlands
  • Stormwater
  • Groundwater



  • Field Investigations
  • Delineation
  • Mitigation
  • Monitoring
  • Mapping
  • Planning and Design
  • Aquatic and Riparian Ecology
  • Stream and Habitat Restoration
  • Ecosystem Studies





  • Habitat Management and Conservation Plans
  • Multi-species Conservation Plans
  • Endangered Species Recovery Plans
  • Special Area Management Plans
  • Surface Water Modeling
  • Water Quality Studies and Modeling
  • Master Planning
  • Public Involvement and Facilitation
  • Geospatial Analysis
  • Regional Water Supply
  • Expert Witness
  • Water Rights

Meet the Experts

Brian Crook, Water Resources Lead
Water Resources Lead

Brian Crook

Brian has more than 29 years of experience in public involvement, conflict resolution, and public information supporting water resources programs. He has a record of success consulting to public agencies, state and county governments, and private clients, as well as stakeholder outreach and public education efforts related to coastal ecosystem restoration, flood control, water supply, harbor planning, and other water issues.

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Mickey Marcus, Northeast, Amherst Office

Mickey Marcus

Mickey has nearly three decades of experience as an environmental scientist working on more than 3,000 wetland, wildlife, environmental permitting and planning projects throughout New England.

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Lee Forbes, Stream Restoration Engineer
Texas / Gulf Coast

Lee Forbes

Lee has broad experience in the field of water resources planning and engineering, ranging from site level engineering assessment, analysis, and design to watershed-scale studies.

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Brian Bader, Restoration Ecologist

Brian Bader

Brian specializes in the restoration of riverine, riparian, and wetland ecosystems on projects across the U.S.

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Christi Haswell

Christi Haswell

Christi has expertise in water permitting regulations in the West, including permitting in pilot water treatment facilities, SWPP preparation, inspections and reporting. 

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Will Norman

Will Norman

Will has experience in planning, development, and management of multi-disciplinary water resource projects and programs. He primarily focuses on coastal restoration and flood protection. 

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James Gregory

James Gregory

James has 25+ years of NEPA planning and permitting experience for water resources and infrastructure projects in the Pacific Northwest and across the United States. 

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Relevant Case Studies

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