Director / Ecohydrologist
Chris Campbell has more than sixteen years of engineering and project management experience with an emphasis in ecohydraulics and ecohydrology. He specializes in hydrodynamics, physical hydrology, sediment transport, geomorphology, water resources, and ecosystem restoration. As technical director at cbec, Chris applies his technical experience in numerical modeling and field studies to projects ranging from seasonal wetlands to lowland alluvial rivers to tidally influenced rivers and estuaries. Chris directs and provides quality control for 1D, 2D, and 3D numerical modeling using a range of public and proprietary software packages. Chris also directs a range of field studies to include topographic and bathymetric surveying, water quality monitoring, climate monitoring, flow gauging, sediment characterization, and sediment transport sampling.
Chris has worked on a range of ecosystem restoration projects with an emphasis on vernal pool restoration in the Sacramento Valley and tidal wetland and floodplain habitat restoration in the Yolo Bypass, Cache Slough Complex, and North Delta. Chris has been the principal investigator of a vernal pool research project since 2008 to understand the potential hydrologic impacts of constructed pools on natural pools to inform design standards for vernal pool creation. This has involved four years of monitoring and subsequent 3D vadose zone modeling. Chris has also been working in the Yolo Bypass for more than a decade on various data collection, restoration, and mitigation projects. These include field data collection efforts to support hydrodynamic model development; hydrodynamic model development, calibration, and alternatives evaluation for the USBR/DWR Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Project EIS/EIR; realignment of Putah Creek through the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area; tidal restoration projects in the southern Yolo Bypass such as Lower Yolo, Prospect Island, and Yolo Flyway Farms; hydrodynamic modeling and design support of various mitigation banking projects throughout the Yolo Bypass to include Fremont Landing Conservation Bank (constructed), Capital Conservation and Mitigation Bank, Liberty Island Conservation Bank (constructed), and North Delta Fish Conservation Bank; identification and prioritization of drainage and infrastructure issues within the Yolo Bypass; and contributions to land management plans for the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area and the Liberty Island Ecological Reserve.