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


Gee, K. D. B., Dobyns, K., Gage, K., Woodward, M., Hunt, W., Kennedy, S., & Lehr, D. (2022), JOURNAL OF THE ASABE, 65(6), 1475–1487.
Effect of Visibility on Maintenance Investment and Consequent Performance of Urban Stormwater Control Measures
Moin, S., Hunt, W. F., Birgand, F., & Ratzlaff, S. (2022), JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE WATER IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT, 8(1).
Fine scale hydrologic modelling of bioretention using DRAINMOD-urban: Verifying performance across multiple systems
Diab, G., Hathaway, J. M., Lisenbee, W. A., Brown, R. A., & Hunt, W. F. (2022), JOURNAL OF HYDROLOGY, 614.
A Comparison of Methods to Address Anaerobic Conditions in Rainwater Harvesting Systems
Gee, K. D. B., Schimoler, D., Charron, B. T., Woodward, M. D., & Hunt, W. F. (2021), WATER, 13(23).
Hydrologic Modeling of Distributed Stormwater Control Measure Retrofit and Examination of Impact of Subcatchment Discretization in PCSWMM
Shaneyfelt, K. M., Johnson, J. P., & Hunt, W. F. (2021), JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE WATER IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT, 7(3).
Monitoring the Water Quality Benefits of a Triangular Swale Treating a Highway Runoff
Luell, S. K., Winston, R. J., & Hunt, W. F. (2021), JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE WATER IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT, 7(1).
Next generation swale design for stormwater runoff treatment: A comprehensive approach
Ekka, S. A., Rujner, H., Leonhardt, G., Blecken, G.-T., Viklander, M., & Hunt, W. F. (2021). [Review of , ]. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, 279.
Survey of the operational status of twenty-six urban stormwater biofilter facilities in Sweden
Beryani, A., Goldstein, A., Al-Rubaei, A. M., Viklander, M., Hunt, W. F., III, & Blecken, G.-T. (2021), JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, 297.
Designing Dry Swales for Stormwater Quality Improvement Using the Aberdeen Equation
Hunt, W. F., Fassman-Beck, E. A., Ekka, S. A., Shaneyfelt, K. C., & Deletic, A. (2020), JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE WATER IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT, 6(1).
Field Assessment of the Hydrologic Mitigation Performance of Three Aging Bioretention Cells

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Dry Detention Conversion to Stormwater Wetlands in Third Fork Creek Watershed
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(1/01/23 - 6/30/25)
Producing Minimum Design Criteria for Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance and Native Grass Swales (including wet swales)
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(12/01/22 - 9/30/23)
Implementing Low Impact Commercial Hotel Development in Black Creek Watershed
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(1/01/23 - 12/31/25)
Predicting Resilience and Reducing Failure of Stormwater Control Measures to Extreme Storm Events
NC Department of Transportation(8/16/22 - 12/31/24)
Greenfield Lake Water Quality Improvements
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(1/01/22 - 6/30/24)
Jacks Creek 9-Element Watershed Restoration Plan
North Carolina Land and Water Fund(8/20/22 - 10/31/23)
Flow-through, Off-line Stormwater Wetland to Treat Downtown Wilson and Improve Hominy Creek Swamp
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(5/02/22 - 6/30/24)
Monitoring Nutrient Loads from Urban Pervious Surfaces
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(9/20/21 - 12/31/23)
Durham Catch Basin Insert Study
Durham, NC(8/17/21 - 12/31/22)
9-Element Plan Development for Jack Smith Creek
City of New Bern(7/01/21 - 9/30/22)