WRA Welcomes Aaron Sutherlin, PE, as Riverscapes & Shorelines Director
WRA is pleased to announce the addition of Aaron Sutherlin, PE, as our Riverscapes & Shorelines Director. Aaron brings more than 20 years of experience in design, construction, and project management of water resources and natural resources projects. His expertise and passion for watershed protection, ecological restoration, and community resilience work is complementary to WRA’s vision and in leading the company’s Riverscapes & Shorelines practice.
“WRA continues to grow our aquatic habitat restoration design and engineering services, and Aaron is a great match to lead our growing Riverscapes & Shorelines team,” said Geoff Smick, WRA’s President & CEO. “His focus on restoration combined with his leadership skills and engineering qualifications support the growth of our staff and success of our projects. We look forward to introducing him to our clients and project partners.”
Aaron has an extensive background in managing complex ecological restoration, flood control, and watershed projects from inception to completion. At WRA, he will lead an interdisciplinary practice, provide strategic technical guidance for projects, and support the expansion of WRA’s growing portfolio of river and shoreline restoration work.
Most recently, Aaron served as Director of Water Resources for a mid-sized engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firm. Prior, he served as a Regional Engineer for Ducks Unlimited for more than 13 years in both Texas and Washington state. There he supported the world’s largest private waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization with their habitat restoration mission.
“I am thrilled [and humbled] by the opportunity to apply my passion for, and expertise in, wetland and riverine environments to support the team at WRA,” said Aaron. “The firm’s excitement and passion for purpose-driven work has been evident since day one.”
Aaron is currently completing his Master’s in Engineering Management from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. He earned a Graduate Certificate in Stream Restoration from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Systems Engineering from Texas A&M University. Aaron is a licensed Professional Engineer in nine U.S. states. He is a member of the Colorado Association of Stormwater and Floodplain Managers and earned an Honor Award for Outstanding Achievement from the organization in 2019.
Aaron is passionate about the outdoors and spends as much time as possible exploring them with his wife and two young children.