Nick Southall MSc

Senior Ecohydrologist

Nick is an experienced project manager and joins cbec with close to two decades of river restoration experience. His work has spanned the watershed from headwater streams, through rural and urban landscapes, into estuarine systems. Nick has worked on a wide variety of projects throughout the Pacific Northwest, California, Texas, Virginia, Maryland, and in his native UK.

As an environmental scientist, Nick has a diverse skill set and is experienced both in the technical aspects of project design and as a program manager. His professional experience includes freshwater, tidal, and wetland restoration, basin planning, and rural sustainability. He is versed in flow restoration mechanism through the Columbia Basin’s Water Transaction Program, and in the emerging field of water quality trading programs. He has worked closely with tribal groups, municipalities, non-profit organizations, and private landowners. With experience in both the non-profit and private sectors Nick brings his broad experience to project management, design and implementation.

In the natural resources realm, Nick possesses a range of skills and understanding seldom found in specialist disciplines. Educated in the UK with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Geography (University of Leeds) and a Masters in Integrated Environmental Studies (University of Southampton), his career began evaluating water quality issues related to stormwater in the UK. After transplanting west to Oregon’s beautiful and dynamic Columbia River Gorge, Nick spent many years with a leading stream restoration firm, learning the industry and honing his craft. Having gained further skills working as an independent consultant, and in a construction management role with a design build firm, Nick moved into a senior management role with The Freshwater Trust, one of the Northwest’s innovative non-profits. In addition to overseeing the organization’s habitat restoration projects, Nick was responsible for coordinating the flow restoration program, monitoring department, and landowner relations teams.

Understanding the geographic, ecological, and social drivers within our industry is critical, and these career experiences allow Nick to thoughtfully contribute at both the macro and micro scales. He enjoys working with motivated clients and colleagues to meet common goals and to drive environmental gain.