The Ausable River Association (AsRA) has hired Peru, NY resident Gary Henry for the position of stream restoration associate.
Working closely with Executive Director Kelley Tucker, Henry is expected to transition to lead the survey, assessment, design, construction, and long-term monitoring of stream restoration projects, including climate-ready-culvert replacements.
A licensed geoscientist, Henry started working on geomorphic river surveys nearly 20 years ago while a graduate student at Baylor University in Central Texas. After graduate school, he continued doing freelance work on river surveys, usually in the rapidly urbanizing areas of central and north-central Texas, while working full-time as a hydrogeologist/project manager at an environmental engineering firm in Dallas.
In 2009, Henry relocated to the Champlain Valley and joined the faculty at SUNY-Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh where he developed and taught environmental coursework in a new program aimed at training technicians for work in industries such as soil and groundwater remediation and wastewater treatment. He later developed a two-year program in environmental science and was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for his innovative approach to project-based instruction in 2017.
In the next year, with funds from the Lake Champlain Basin Program and the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, AsRA will oversee construction of two restoration projects – one on the East Branch Ausable River in the hamlet of Keene and another the hamlet of Upper Jay. Another project includes the survey and design of a priority project on the main stem Ausable River in Au Sable Forks.
More information about the Ausable River Association may be found on their website.