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Will Harman

Will HarmanWith 25 years of experience in fluvial geomorphology and stream restoration, Mr. Harman has designed hundreds of projects throughout the United States, which represent a wide range of conditions and challenges. Mr. Harman spent the first half of his career working for North Carolina State University’s Cooperative Extension Service where he served as the state’s first Natural Resources Extension Agent. Later, he worked on campus where he co-founded the NC Stream Restoration Institute, now the NC Stream Restoration Program. At the university, Mr. Harman co-developed the River Course workshop series, led applied research projects, and completed stream restoration demonstration projects throughout the state.

Mr. Harman has spent the second half of his career in the private sector as a practitioner and educator. He has completed watershed assessments, stream assessments, and design projects throughout the United States, including Alaska. Mr. Harman is currently the owner of Stream Mechanics where he focuses on improving stream restoration and mitigation through the development of assessment and design-review tools. He developed the Stream Functions Pyramid Framework, which is being used by federal and state agencies, and private companies throughout the nation to implement function-based restoration projects. More recently, he co-developed a Stream Quantification Tool (SQT) to measure functional lift from stream restoration projects and functional loss from permitted impacts. The SQT is being used by mitigation programs to determine debits and credits.

Mr. Harman has a Bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University in Geography and a Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in Geography. He is a licensed geologist in North Carolina.




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