EcoGro Team

Jim Hanssen
Mr. Hanssen has over 15 years of experience running all aspects of an ecosystem restoration centered business, including design, construction, and maintenance of streams and wetlands, landscapes, and green infrastructure. Mr. Hanssen has been involved in the construction and maintenance of numerous stream restoration projects. He has also constructed stormwater BMP’s such as constructed wetlands, rain gardens, rainfall harvest systems, underground bio-filtration systems, and riparian buffers. He regularly prepares storm water pollution prevention plans (SWPPP) and inspects construction sites for erosion and sediment control compliance. He is experienced in the application of biodegradable recycled organics in restoration, seeding, invasive species removal, and LID infrastructure. Mr. Hanssen has worked either directly, as a vendor, or as a subcontractor for many large contractors, consultants, and governmental agencies such as INDOT, KYTC, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Tennessee Stream Mitigation Program, US Forest Service, Southern Conservation Corporation, and the Nature Conservancy.

Russ Turpin
Russ Turpin is a native plant specialist and has been involved with nearly all of EcoGro’s projects. His primary responsibility has been running heavy equipment on stream mitigation projects in Central Kentucky. He also manages and oversees native plant restoration, weed control and ongoing maintenance programs. In addition, he supports local water quality initiatives by providing education, outreach, technical assistance and volunteer labor for riparian plantings, rain gardens and other “Green” stormwater practices. Russ has also written several articles about his work and has given presentations to a variety of local organizations. 

Chad Relinski
Chad Relinski is the newest member of the EcoGro team. He graduated from Alderleaf Wilderness College in 2010 where he studied ecology, permaculture, ethno-botany, tracking, and wilderness survival skills. He has over 8 years of experience in the construction industry. Specializing in forming and finishing concrete, heavy equipment operation, ability to follow tasks and designs with great craftsmanship. He has a strong passion for the wilderness and ecology restoration, which are major assets for the Ecogro team. 

 

 

 

Eric Dawalt, P.E.
Mr. Dawalt is a Professional Engineer with over 10 years of experience in the design and construction of stream and wetlands restoration projects using natural channel design techniques. He worked and trained under Mr. David Rosgen, one of the leading experts in the field of stream restoration. He has collaborated as a research engineer on several cutting edge projects with Dr. Arthur Parola, P.E. of the Stream Institute at the University of Louisville. Mr. Dawalt’s recent work involves treating stormwater runoff in streams with passive organic filters, hyporheic zones, and constructed wetlands. Mr. Dawalt has designed and/or constructed over a dozen stream and wetland restoration projects that account for over 54,000 linear feet of restored stream, with a cumulative budget of over $5 million.

Brad Redmon                                                EcoGro’s Brad Redmon is a Field Superintendent with 15 years of experience in the construction industry. He couples his passion for fly fishing with his experience in the fields of: stream restoration, field surveying, erosion and sediment controls, heavy equipment operation, construction project management, and environmental science technology to create a truly natural stream. He oversees the daily construction operations, manages field personnel and is responsible for the field surveying and layout of the designed project. Mr. Redmon also serves as EcoGro’s Erosion and Sediment Control Inspection and Compliance Officer. He has completed the KEPSC and TNEPSC Inspector Qualification Courses and Rosgen Level I& II training courses. In his short time at EcoGro, Mr. Redmon has constructed 7 stream restoration projects that account for 19,000 linear feet of stream.

 

Tom Cutter
Tom Cutter is a heavy equipment operator with over 30 years of experience in various excavation and construction enterprises. He has been involved in numerous stream restoration projects over the past 5 years. He is an invaluable member of the team in terms of experience and productivity on the job site.