Brian Nicholson

Project Manager & Regulatory Specialists

SWCA Environmental Consultants


Mr. Nicholson is a project manager and regulatory specialist at SWCA Environmental Consultants. He has more than 18 years of experience working in rivers, streams, and wetlands in the Intermountain West. He is proficient in all aspects of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act from delineations to permitting to mitigation design. He has practical experience assessing ecological condition of wetlands using field-based and GIS-based methods. He has also contributed to numerous large resource planning efforts including an Assessment of Great Salt Lake Health and a Jordan River Comprehensive Management Plan. His training in watershed science and sociology allows for interdisciplinary analysis of biophysical processes and human dimension issues. In addition, he is a trainer and has been highly effective working with laypeople, environmental professionals, and agency personnel. He developed and implemented a wetland regulatory short course for SWCA which he presents to industry, municipalities and environmental professionals.  He has written on topics including watershed management, ecosystem services, and social science methodology, and published in peer-reviewed journals. After receiving his MS from Utah State University and prior to joining SWCA he worked for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. He served in the United States Peace Corps and other international experience includes consultancies in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mauritania, Nigeria, and Senegal. 

Moderator: Panel on Proposed Bear River Water Development

3:35-4:40pm Thursday, May 12th