Barge Waggoner Sumner And Cannon Hires Baggett And Williams

To Lead Environmental And Natural Resources Group

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Rhett Baggett
Rhett Baggett

 Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon announced that Rhett Baggett, PWS, TN-QHP, and Mike Williams, TN-QHP, have been hired to enhance the firm’s Environmental and Natural Resources Group.  

This group brings together each member’s experience to strengthen the firm’s already-defined skill sets and capabilities: stream and wetland mitigation, 404/401 permitting, natural channel design, wetland restoration, and stream determinations as well as wetland identification and delineation, said officials. 

”Both Rhett and Mike bring great technical expertise and understanding of effective solutions to environmental and natural resources permitting and mitigation projects to the Barge Waggoner team,” shared Carrie Stokes, PE, director of Energy & Environment.  “Our growing capabilities in this area complement our long-standing transportation and site development design services allowing Barge Waggoner to be a consistent partner to our clients for the life cycle of a project.”

Mr. Baggett joins Barge Waggoner as environmental and natural resources practice leader with 14 years experience in environmental consulting. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville and also holds a Master of Science in Earth Science Hydrology from the University of North Carolina - Charlotte. Prior to Barge Waggoner, Mr. Baggett was project manager for Civil and Environmental Consultants in Nashville where he managed permitting, natural resource studies, natural channel design, and wetland and stream mitigation projects.  Mr. Baggett is a member of the Tennessee Section of the American Water Resources Association and the Society of Wetland Scientists. 

 “It’s exciting to be able to expand on what is an already impressive and diverse group of ecologists, geologists, and environmental scientists here at Barge Waggoner,” said Mr. Baggett. “And add to it the recent addition of Mike Williams, and we really have a complete Environmental and Natural Resources team – one that can ‘walk’ our clients’ through the entire 404/401 permitting and NEPA processes, including wetland and stream mitigation needs, threatened and endangered species surveys,  and natural channel design.”                      

Barge Waggoner welcomes Mike Williams as senior biologist/mitigation specialist with 14 years experience in stream determinations and wetland identification and delineation as well as surveys for threatened and endangered species. Mr. Williams earned a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Science as well as a Master of Science in Biology from Tennessee Technological University. He was previously the statewide mitigation program manager for TDOT where he managed stream and wetland mitigation including acquisition, development, and monitoring. 


Mike Williams
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