P.O. Box 248 
Carbondale, CO  81623       
(970) 947-9568
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RiverRestoration is dedicated to resolving river issues. RiverRestoration provides the creative planning, engineering and technical support required in any successful river project. We take a whole system approach to river projects to meet the multiple needs of ecology, recreation and water users for an overall higher functioning system. We identify degradations, uncover use issues and site constraints, and find solutions that benefit the whole system.
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RiverRestoration has been dedicated to resolving River issues. Since inception in 2004 we have provided the creative engineering, planning and technical support necessary for any successful River project. Our success has been in aligning diverse river interests to create a holistic approach for restoration, preservation and enhancement of river systems. RiverRestoration has the engineering expertise and technical capability to perform tasks ranging from hydrologic and hydraulic analyses to stream corridor design and restoration planning. We are trained and practiced in sediment transport modeling, fluvial geomorphology, watershed science, and open channel hydraulics. We combine these scientific skills with creative approaches and new thinking for our Rivers.


Staff Biographies


Jason Carey River EngineerJason Carey, P.E., is the Principal River Engineer, holding more than fifteen years of experience in river design as a leading innovator in the field.  Jason is continually developing new solutions for our rivers.  Jason has managed over 70 major projects involving river restoration, river recreation, master planning, geomorphic assessment, natural channel design, wetlands restoration, river stability analysis, bio-stabilization, sediment transport, floodplain determination, reservoir capacity analyses, dam removal planning, hydraulic design of structures in the river environment, design of erosion control measures, design of irrigation canals, hydraulic bridge design, diversion structure design, design of aquatic habitats, and whitewater park design. Jason is currently registered as a Professional Engineer in multiple states. 

Scott Prins River Engineer

Scott Prins, River Engineer, has been working as a civil engineer for over 3 years and has experience in stream restoration and river mechanics, water management for large mining sites, and municipal planning and design. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, where he worked for the engineering department for the City of Wyoming, MI, Scott moved to Fort Collins, CO to study stream restoration at Colorado State University. He received a Masters of Engineering Degree in stream restoration and river mechanics and took a job as a hydraulic engineer for Knight Piesold and Co. in Denver, CO. Scott has been part of the RiverRestoration team for one year now where he has done extensive 1D and 2D hydraulic modeling in addition to planning and design and topographic surveying. His analytical and applied skills include: hydrologic and hydraulic surveying and modeling, floodplain analysis, sediment transport, riparian zone assessment, and CAD drafting. He is particularly interested restoring natural function to degraded river systems as well as using his understanding of river mechanics to design recreational features that function properly in the river environment. 

Quinn Donnelly PE

Quinn Donnelly, P.E.,is a water resources engineer with 9 years of experience working on a broad range of water resource projects. His experience includes stream channel and bank rehabilitation, watershed hydrology, fish passage culverts, bridge hydraulics and stormwater management facilities. His skills include modeling in HEC-RAS and XP-SWMM, designing and drafting in AutoCAD Civil 3D and Microstation Inroads, and analyzing and mapping in ArcGIS. Prior to RiverRestoration, Quinn worked at Otak, Inc, a civil engineering firm headquartered in Portland, Oregon. He also spent a summer as a student hydrologic technician for the US Geological Survey in Fairbanks, Alaska. Prior to his engineering career, Quinn served as an aircraft maintenance officer in the U.S. Air Force, serving in South Carolina, Germany and the Middle East. Quinn has a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia, a Masters degree in Civil Engineering with a Water Resources emphasis from the University of Washington, and a professional certification in River Restoration from Portland State University. Quinn is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Oregon. 

Hattie Johnson

Hattie Johnson, Landscape Designer recently joined the RiverRestoration team and is inspired by their goals of realizing the social, economic, and environmental value in river systems. Hattie has one year of professional experience. She received her Green Associate designation from the LEED Green Building Council. Her skills include native vegetation planting plans, path and road alignment, grading, and AutoCAD, SketchUp and Adobe Creative Suite drafting and rendering. At RiverRestoration her responsibilities include technical office administration, marketing, conceptual design and rendering. Growing up near Atlanta, Hattie played in creeks and forests across the southeast on countless camping and river trips. Following her first year of undergrad, Hattie headed to the mountains of eastern Tennessee to learn how to guide a raft. She has traveled to California, Costa Rica, and eventually Colorado guiding her summers through school. She moved to Colorado after receiving her Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Her time on the river cultivated a deep love for water and its intricate systems. Connecting people to the natural processes that surrounds them is what initially lead Hattie to the profession of Landscape Architecture. 

S. Michael Scurlock PhD.

S. Michael Scurlock Ph.D.,has been working in hydraulic river research for over seven years with a focus on engineering design guideline development for river-restoration structures. During his graduate education at Colorado State University, Dr. Scurlock worked at the hydraulics laboratory at the Engineering Research Center and served as a principal investigator on projects investigating hydraulic structures for river restoration applications. He developed extensive knowledge of in-stream structures and created design guidelines for rock-weirs, bendway weirs, spur dikes, and bank-attached vanes which have been published in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. His interests include natural river enhancement and restoration, numerical simulation of open-channel flow, hydraulic structure design, sediment transport, and geomorphic response. 

S. Michael Scurlock PhD.

Eric McCulley, Watershed Ecologist,Mr. McCulley has been planning, implementing, and following up on numerous ecological restoration and wetland mitigation projects in Western North America for more than 14 years. His experience includes projects involving stream, river and wetland restoration of small and large sites across a broad range of habitat types. He has provided guidance to decision makers and their staff on optimizing use of project funds for maximum ecological and societal benefit. He is also very familiar with agencies and private interests, having recently completed projects along the Jordan River and on tributaries of the Weber River. Eric is also leading a community effort on the lower Jordan River that is bringing schools, agencies and individuals together to improve the conditions along this degraded reach of river. He also recently led a Streambank Bioengineering Workshop with the Jordan River Commission in March, 2014 and has attended numerous training sessions and workshops on river restoration. Eric has implemented and completed projects related to restoring wildlife, stream, and wetland habitats; mapping of vegetation, hydrology, soils, and geomorphology; analysis of data on plants, water, and birds; monitoring for adaptive management of stream corridors, natural open spaces, ranches, and nature preserves. He is currently helping several large land owners in the Intermountain West develop sustainable land management programs and regularly provides training and advice to land stewards and habitat managers. He has provided input on design and oversight for implementation of many stream and wetland restoration projects and currently assists with upland and wetland habitat management on thousands of acres throughout the Intermountain West.