Dr. Eve Brantley, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System
water resources specialist and Auburn University assistant professor in the Department
of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, has been recognized by the Alabama
Wildlife Federation as the 2014 Water Conservationist of the Year.
Brantley was recognized for her efforts in building an interdisciplinary
approach to watershed restoration, a comparatively new field of environmental
Emphasis on Collaboration to Solve Problems
Bennett Bearden, director of the Water Policy and Law
Institute at the University of Alabama, and one of the water industry
professionals who nominated Brantley, says her emphasis on collaboration to
overcome major public policy and academic obstacles is one of several accomplishments
that have distinguished her career.
“The emerging field
of watershed restoration was criticized for approaching ecosystem enhancement
and restoration with an insufficient understanding of systems components and
their connections,” Bearden said in nominating Brantley. “She assembled a
multidisciplinary team to address some of these challenges.
“What they’ve learned in the course of answering these
questions and implementing watershed management projects across Alabama has had
profound implications for other southeastern states.”
Natural Channel Design Principles
Brantley has also played a major role generating interest in
using natural channel design principles to enhance and restore streams —
practices that were not common in Alabama as recently as a decade ago.
She has also worked tirelessly to secure extramural funding
to support demonstrations, practices and technical workshops that have led to
the widespread adoption of these practices, according to Dr. Gary Lemme, an
Alabama Extension director, who also nominated Brantley for the Award.
In the course of her career, Brantley has secured 37 funded
grants totaling almost $4 million, which, along with her outreach efforts, have
facilitated the restoration of almost 8,000 linear feet of stream as well as
the implementation of 20 storm-water practices.
Brantley has also been instrumental in building consensus
for the adoption of a new set of storm-water control practices known as
Low-Impact Development (LID). As part of
this effort, Brantley secured funding to develop the first Low Impact
Development Handbook for Alabama.
Several Alabama communities are updating or revising their
local ordinances to reflect recommendations outlined in the Handbook.
Close Working Relationships with All Levels of Government
Brantley is also noted for forging close working
relationships with all levels of local and state government, particularly the
Alabama Department of Environmental Management, the Geological Survey of
Alabama and Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Districts. She has also developed close working
relationships with a number of NGOs, including the Alabama Rivers Alliance, the
Alabama Water Watch Association and numerous watershed groups.
“She believes in partnerships and works closely with
numerous public and private entities to develop a positive image for improving
Alabama’s abundant water resources,” Lemme said in nominating Brantley.
“A consummate team player, she works with people from many
different backgrounds to implement projects and to involve citizens in
meaningful dialogue about managing one of this state’s most precious resources.”
Brantley will be formally honored along with other Alabama
Wildlife Federation award recipients at the AWF Governor's Conservation
Achievement Awards banquet, Aug. 8, in Prattville.
A native of Stone Mountain, Ga., Brantley received her
bachelor’s degree in Biology from Berry College. She earned her master’s in Forest Resources
from Clemson University and her PH.D in Forestry and Wildlife Sciences from
Copyright © 1997 -
2019 by theAlabama Cooperative Extension System
Alabama A&M University and
All Rights Reserved. – firstname.lastname@example.org
Legal Disclaimer – Privacy Statement
Cookie Acceptance Needed