Bill Hunt

William Neal Reynolds Distinguished University Professor & Extension Specialist

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Dr. William F. Hunt III is a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished University Professor and Extension Specialist in North Carolina State University’s Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Hunt holds degrees in Civil Engineering (NCSU, B.S., 1994), Economics (NCSU, B.S., 1995), Biological & Agricultural Engineering (NCSU, M.S., 1997) and Agricultural & Biological Engineering, (Penn State, Ph.D., 2003).

Since 2000, Hunt has assisted with the design, installation, and/or monitoring of over 150 stormwater control measures (SCMs), including bioretention, stormwater wetlands, innovative wet ponds, green roofs, permeable pavement, water harvesting/cistern systems and level spreaders. He teaches 20-25 short courses and workshops each year on stormwater design, function, and maintenance throughout North Carolina and the United States.

Hunt is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), where he serves on the Urban Water Resources Research Council, the LID committee, and is co-chair of the Bioretention Task Committee. He was chair of the 2nd National LID Conference held in Wilmington, NC, in March 2007 and co-chaired the same conference in Philadelphia in September 2011.


Ph.D. 2003

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Pennsylvania State University

M.S. 1997

Biological and Agricultural Engineering

North Carolina State University

B.S. 1995


North Carolina State University

B.S. 1994

Civil Engineering

North Carolina State University

Research Description

Stormwater management, and low impact development and green infrastructure

Honors and Awards

  • William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor, 2015
  • Blue-Green Innovator of the Year in NC, 2014
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Young Extension Award, 2008
  • Inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension (AOFEE), 2007
  • Governor's Award for Water Conservationist of the Year, NC Wildlife Foundation, 2007
  • NC State Alumni Outstanding Extension and Outreach Award, 2007
  • Outstanding Extension Specialist for NCSU and NCA&T for support of county programs from the NCSU Association of Extension Specialists, 2007


Evaluating the Hydrologic Benefits of a Bioswale in Brunswick County, North Carolina (NC), USA
Purvis, R. A., Winston, R. J., Hunt, W. F., Lipscomb, B., Narayanaswamy, K., McDaniel, A., … Libes, S. (2019), WATER, 11(6).
Field Monitoring of Downspout Disconnections to Reduce Runoff Volume and Improve Water Quality along the North Carolina Coast
Taguchi, V. J., Carey, E. S., & Hunt, W. F. (2019), JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE WATER IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT, 5(1).
Retrofitting a grass swale with rock check dams: hydrologic impacts
Winston, R. J., Powell, J. T., & Hunt, W. F. (2019), URBAN WATER JOURNAL, 16(6), 404–411.
Evaluating the water quality benefits of a bioswale in Brunswick County, North Carolina (NC), USA
Purvis, R. A., Winston, R. J., Hunt, W. F., Lipscomb, B., Narayanaswamy, K., McDaniel, A., … Libes, S. (2018), Water, 10(2).
Hydrologic and water quality evaluation of a permeable pavement and biofiltration device in series
Braswell, A. S., Anderson, A. R., & Hunt, W. F. (2018), Water, 10(1).
Hydrologic and water quality performance of permeable pavement with internal water storage over a clay soil in Durham, North Carolina
Braswell, A. S., Winston, R. J., & Hunt, W. F. (2018), JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, 224, 277–287.
Hydrologic performance of four permeable pavement systems constructed over low-permeability soils in Northeast Ohio
Winston, R. J., Dorsey, J. D., Smolek, A. P., & Hunt, W. F. (2018), Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 23(4).
Performance of regenerative stormwater conveyance on the removal of dissolved pollutants: Field scale simulation study
Koryto, K. M., Hunt, W. F., Arellano, C., & Page, J. L. (2018), Journal of Environmental Engineering (New York, N.Y.), 144(6).
Stormwater management in nutrient-sensitive watersheds: a case study investigating impervious cover limits and pollutant-load regulations
Stillwell, C. C., Hunt, W. F., Page, J. L., Baird, J. B., & Kennedy, S. G. (2018), WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 78(3), 664–675.
The interrelationship of green infrastructure and natural capital
Chenoweth, J., Anderson, A. R., Kumar, P., Hunt, W. F., Chimbwandira, S. J., & Moore, T. L. C. (2018), Land Use Policy, 75, 137–144.

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Pervious Gutter and Silva Cell Project-DeepRoot
DeepRoot(1/06/20 - 7/31/20)
Pervious Gutter and Silva Cell Treatment Train- Burlington
Burlington, NC(1/06/20 - 7/31/20)
Monitoring Ailey Young Park Restoration
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(10/01/19 - 8/31/20)
Clean Little Alamance from the Y Up (formerly CLAM Project) (DEQ Task Order #7932)
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(7/18/19 - 8/31/20)
Person Street Green Infrastructure Monitoring, WRRI UWC-SWMG Enhancement Project (Addendum)
Fayetteville, NC(9/02/19 - 12/31/19)
Innovative Stormwater Management: Through Tree Cell Installation and Rainwater Harvesting Treatment Trains
Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) (6/03/19 - 9/30/20)
Optimizing Dry Swale Design for Water Quality Improvement
NC Department of Transportation(6/01/19 - 12/31/19)
Establishing Nutrient and Pathogen Thresholds for SCM Assessment and Revising the Rainwater Harvesting Model
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(7/22/19 - 12/31/19)
FACT: Developing Data-to-Decision Pipelines for Agroecosystem Management through High-performance Computing and Big Data Analytics
US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture(8/01/19 - 7/31/23)
Evaluating Subsurface Gravel Wetlands
NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund(4/18/19 - 4/17/20)