Brian Bartell, RLA

Senior Restoration Designer


Brian Bartell is a Senior Restoration Designer with WRA. He received his Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from West Virginia University, where he developed an affinity for the ecological restoration field.  Brian brings 24 years of restoration planning, design, and construction oversight experience for stream, creek, and wetland projects for a variety of public agency and private clients.  His capability encompasses the restoration of stream, wetland and wildlife habitat projects for a variety of public agency and private clients, and spans all stages of project development including project assessment, restoration design, site selection, funding assessment, grant writing, permitting, construction oversight, and post construction monitoring.

With a long history of design/build experience, Brian has an integral appreciation of the complexities of environmental restoration projects.  He understands that it often requires more than a set of plans to make a project a reality, and knows how to work with landowners, contractors, project sponsors, and agency representatives to meet or exceed project expectations.  Brian also understands that ecological restoration projects should work at the landscape level, and works to ensure that all projects are fully integrated with the surrounding environment to maximize ecological uplift.


Less is More: Using Sustainability as a Tool for Innovation in Stream Restoration Design and Construction. Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference, Baltimore, MD 2015.

Overcoming Hurdles in Headwater Restoration – Plumtree Run Case Study. Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference, Baltimore, MD 2015.

The Carbon Consideration – What Role Does Atmospheric Carbon Play in Stream Restoration Decision-Making, and How Much Should It? Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference, Baltimore, MD 2013.

Bartell, B. (2012 July/August) Wetlands Return to Ranarium Farm. Land and Water. 13 – 17.

Restoration of Zero and First Order Low Gradient Coastal Plain Streams. (Poster Abstract). Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference, Morgantown, WV 2009.


City of Hayward, Sulphur Creek Hayward Restoration, Hayward, California

Elsie Gridley Mitigation Bank Channel Restoration Assessment, Dixon, California

Prior to WRA

Evans Parkway Park Stream Channel Restoration,Wheaton, Maryland

Plumtree Run Headwaters Restoration, Bel Air, Maryland

Wagman Farm Stream Restoration, York County, Pennsylvania

Miller Lane Farm Stream and Wetland Restoration,Monkton, Maryland

Mazza/Grandmarc Stream Restoration Design/Build, College Park, Maryland

Little Blackwater Restoration Site Design/Bid/Build, Dorchester County, Maryland

Bonnie View Estates Stream Restoration Design/Build, Baltimore County, Maryland

National Park Seminary @ Forest Glen Stream Stabilization Design/Build, Montgomery County, Maryland

Arbaugh Wetland Mitigation/Stream Restoration,Carroll County, Maryland


BS, Landscape Architecture, West Virginia University. 1991.

Related Course Work

GPS Pathfinder Office Training, Earth Vector Systems. 2009.

River Restoration Design Implementation, Wildland Hydrology. 2005.

River Assessment and Monitoring, Pilot View. 2003.

Natural Channel Design & River Restoration, Wildland Hydrology. 2003.

Dale Carnegie Training, Dale Carnegie & Associates, Inc. 2002.

River Morphology and Applications, Wildland Hydrology. 2002.

Applied Fluvial Geomorphology, Wildland Hydrology. 2001.

Developing the Urban Forest, University of Maryland. 1997.

Riparian Habitat Restoration for the Arid Southwest, Wetland Training Institute, 2017.


California Licensed Landscape Architect, #6050

Maryland Licensed Landscape Architect, #3085