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William M. Fleming

  • Professor

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Education

  • PhD University of British Columbia, Water Resources Engineering
  • MS Colorado State University, Watershed Science

Research

  • Impacts of climate change in northern New Mexico
  • Ecosystem services provided by acequia systems
  • Modeling the benefits of green space in Albuquerque
  • Watershed planning for the Navajo Nation

Bill Fleming is Professor of Community and Regional Planning and coordinates the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design and Planning Program. He maintains a consulting practice in watershed planning, preparing watershed conservation plans for rural communities in New Mexico and for international agencies in Latin America and Asia.

Bill’s expertise is in hydrology, with a special interest in environmental education and watershed management. He initiated New Mexico Watershed Watch, working with 15 high schools to teach methods of monitoring watershed health. He has taught as a Fulbright scholar at the Escuela Politecnica Nacional in Quito, Ecuador and as a research associate with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations in Rome, Italy. He has received awards for teaching excellence at the University of New Mexico.

Bill holds a PhD in water resources engineering from the University of British Columbia, a master’s degree in watershed management from Colorado State University, and a bachelor of arts in geology from Dartmouth College. He currently teaches courses in watershed management, foundations of natural resources planning, introduction to environmental problems, thesis preparation, and field evaluation of watershed health.

His most recent publications are based on watershed conservation work in Nepal over the past 30 years and quantifying the benefits of a living roof on the School of Architecture and Planning. Current research involves the impacts of climate change in northern New Mexico, ecosystem services provided by acequia systems, modeling the benefits of green space in Albuquerque, and watershed planning for the Navajo Nation.

 

He currently teaches courses in watershed management, foundations of natural resources planning, introduction to environmental problems, thesis preparation, and field evaluation of watershed health.

"The next generation of watershed management programmes and projects." Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Forestry Paper 150, Rome, 128p. (with P. Warren, T. Hofer, D. McGuire, B. Kiersch, S. Bernini) 2006

"Intermittent system function: A key driver for restoring socio-ecological watershed resiliency in the Southwestern USA," C. Maxwell1, R. Davidson & W. Fleming. Restoration Ecology (in review) 2015

"The enduring role of Sand County Almanac in community planning: thinking like a mountain," in Rethinking Leopold’s Land Ethic: Emerging Cultures of Sustainability (W. Forbes and T. Trusty, ed.) 2014

"Ecological services of New Mexico acequia systems," International Journal of Ecological Services (with J. Rivera, A. Miller and M. Piccarello) 2014

"Modeling water use in the Rio Hondo watershed," New Mexico Journal of Science 46:39-64 (with S. Sabu, J. Rivera, B. Thomson and V. Tidwell) 2012

"Viability of living roof systems in Albuquerque, New Mexico: thermal performance, water efficiency and carbon sequestration potential," International Journal of Architecture, Engineering and Construction 1(4):243-250 (with N. Ubechel) 2012

"Aldo Leopold: Albuquerque’s first environmental planner," Western Planner 31(7): 10-12 (with M. Schmader) 2010

"A watershed conservation success story in Nepal: land use changes over 30 years," Waterlines 28(1):29-46 (with J.P. Fleming) 2009

"Following in Leopold’s footsteps: revisiting and restoring the Rio Gavilan watershed," Journal of Ecological Restoration 24(1):25-31 (with W. Forbes) 2006

"A watershed management framework for mountain areas: lessons from 25 years of watershed conservation in Nepal," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 49(5):1-19 (with S. Achet) 2006

"Volunteer watershed health monitoring by local stakeholders: New Mexico Watershed Watch," The Journal of Environmental Education 35(1):27-32. 2003


Santa Barbara Watershed Association - Worked with community to develop a protocol for monitoring riparian health. Taught community members monitoring methods. 2014-2017

El Rito Regional Water and Wastewater Association - Worked with community to develop a watershed management plan (with S. Fernald). 2010-2017

Monitored riparian health annually with stakeholders and field course students.

Arroyo Hondo Acequia Association - Worked with community and CRP graduate students, as part of NSF-funded project, to develop a method to evaluate the ecological services provided by traditional irrigation systems in New Mexico (with J. Rivera, A. Miller and M. Piccarello. Monitored ecological services annually with stakeholders and field course students. 2009-2017

Lower Santa Fe Watershed Collaborative - Worked with stakeholders and CRP students to resolve water use conflicts. Monitored wetlands for impacts of beaver activity. 2015

Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance - Worked with community members to develop a restoration plan for a wetland. Monitored water quality and aquatic insect diversity. 2015

Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge - Worked with stakeholders to develop a plan to reduce invasive species and increase grass diversity. Working with stakeholders and field class students, developed a protocol for annual monitoring of range health. 2012-2017

Talking Talons Collaborative Forest Restoration Project - Worked with collaborative volunteers and field class students to annually monitor forest health in the Tijeras watershed where forest thinning has improved forest health. 2013-2017

Alamosa Land Institute - Worked with stakeholders to develop a protocol for evaluating the benefits of a watershed restoration project. Field class used protocol to annually monitor restoration project benefits. 2012-2017

Sun Mountain Neighborhood Association - Developed criteria for storm water management on individual home sites. Worked with stakeholders to implement best management practices for harvesting stormwater.  2013-2017


Faculty Acknowledgement Award, University of New Mexico Libraries, 2007

New Mexico Chapter of the American Planning Association, Award for Excellence: Public Education About Planning (excellence in public/private partnerships: New Mexico Watershed Watch), 1999

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, School of Architecture and Planning, University of New Mexico, 1999

New Mexican Riparian Council Award for Public Awareness/ Education; founder and director of New Mexico Watershed Watch Program, 1998

Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, School of Architecture and Planning, University of New Mexico, 1997

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to teach nature writing in environmental studies courses. Vassar College, 1997

Fulbright Scholar. Teaching/research award to initiate collaboration with the Escuela Politecnica Nacional, Quito, Ecuador. Presented courses on watershed modeling and management, directed graduate students in watershed modeling, monitored and modeled environmental impacts of a proposed reservoir in a critical watershed. Negotiated convenio between EPN and UNM (Spanish), 1995

Professional Associate Awards, Environment and Policy Institute, East West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.. Developed environmental policy and cost-benefit analyses of watershed restoration projects in Nepal and Ecuador, 1979 & 1980

 

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