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Freese and Nichols Acquires Lotic Solutions

February 21, 2017

Freese and Nichols has acquired Lotic Solutions, LLC, expanding our capabilities with specialized services in geomorphology, stormwater and environmental science.

Lotic has built a reputation for tailored solutions on a wide range of ecological projects nationwide. In Virginia, the team helped Roanoke County meet its water quality goals through design-build stream restoration. Outside Greenville, N.C., they are developing a master plan for outdoor recreational use of a 3,000-acre former federal facility. In Kauai, Hawaii, the team helped restore the Hanalei River to protect taro farms and restore critical habitat.

“Freese and Nichols has partnered with Lotic on a number of projects, and we recognized that their culture and services match up well with ours,” said Mike Wayts, North Carolina Division Manager. “We’re excited to have them join our team, and their expertise will strengthen our service for our clients across North Carolina and the Southeast.”

Joining our North Carolina team are Bryan Dick, P.E., P.H., and Ian Jewell, J.D., who bring national expertise in ecological design and construction management, as well as the water quality aspects of stormwater management. Their resumes include river stability analysis and sediment transport modeling for five of the 10 largest contaminated river sites in the United States.

Bryan, who was president of Lotic, is an engineer and hydrologist with 20 years' experience in water resources and geomorphology. Before founding Lotic, he served as national practice lead for ecological engineering at an international consulting firm. Bryan's experience in water resources includes more than 200,000 feet of stream restoration and bank stabilization design and construction. He has also served as the project manager or technical lead for several thousand miles of watershed/stream geomorphic assessments.

Bryan has bachelor’s degrees in forest resource management and civil engineering and a master’s degree in fluid mechanics and hydrology, all from Clemson University. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in dendrogeomorphology from North Carolina State; his doctoral work is pioneering methods of using exposed tree roots to assess riverbank erosion.

Ian, who was vice president of Lotic, is an environmental scientist with more than 13 years' experience managing ecological restoration and regulatory compliance projects. He has assisted with the design of nearly 80,000 feet of stream restoration, dozens of stormwater best management practices (BMPs) and thousands of feet of riverbank stabilization across the nation. He is also an environmental attorney and has assisted expert witness teams.

Ian received his bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from North Carolina State University and his doctorate in law from North Carolina Central University.