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


Hydrologic and water quality performance of regenerative stormwater conveyance installed to stabilize an eroded outfall
Koryto, K. M., Hunt, W. F., & Page, J. L. (2017), Ecological Engineering, 108, 263-276.
Hydrologic performance of regenerative stormwater conveyance in the North Carolina coastal plain
Cizek, A. R., Hunt, W. F., Winston, R. J., & Lauffer, M. S. (2017), Journal of Environmental Engineering (New York, N.Y.), 143(9).
Survey of the operational status of 25 Swedish municipal stormwater management ponds
Al-Rubaei, A. M., Merriman, L. S., Hunt, W. F., Viklander, M., Marsalek, J., & Blecken, G. T. (2017), Journal of Environmental Engineering (New York, N.Y.), 143(6).
Nutrient and sediment reduction through upflow filtration of stormwater retention pond effluent
Winston, R. J., Hunt, W. F., & Pluer, W. T. (2017), Journal of Environmental Engineering (New York, N.Y.), 143(5).
Evaluation of factors affecting soil carbon sequestration services of stormwater wet retention ponds in varying climate zones
Merriman, L. S., Moore, T. L. C., Wang, J. W., Osmond, D. L., Al-Rubaei, A. M., Smolek, A. P., Blecken, G. T., Viklander, M., & Hunt, W. F. (2017), Science of the Total Environment, 583, 133-141.
Nutrient sequestration by vegetation in bioretention cells receiving high nutrient loads
Turk, R. P., Kraus, H. T., Hunt, W. F., Carmen, N. B., & Bilderback, T. E. (2017), Journal of Environmental Engineering (New York, N.Y.), 143(2).
Modeling sediment reduction in grass swales and vegetated filter strips using particle settling theory
Winston, R. J., Anderson, A. R., & Hunt, W. F. (2017), Journal of Environmental Engineering (New York, N.Y.), 143(1).
The restoration of James Brindley's last canal and the serious threat from 21st century transport infrastructure developments
Newman, A. P., & Hunt, W. F. (2016), (World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2016: Professional Development, Innovative Technology, International Perspectives, and History and Heritage, ) (pp. 124-133).
Evaluating the spatial distribution of pollutants and associated maintenance requirements in an 11 year-old bioretention cell in urban Charlotte, NC
Johnson, J. P., & Hunt, W. F. (2016), Journal of Environmental Management, 184, 363-370.
A simple infiltration test for determination of permeable pavement maintenance needs
Winston, R. J., Al-Rubaei, A. M., Blecken, G. T., & Hunt, W. F. (2016), Journal of Environmental Engineering (New York, N.Y.), 142(10).

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Maintenance Costs of Stormwater Control Measures (SCMs) in North Carolina
NCSU WRRI Storm Water Management Group(8/01/17 - 10/31/18)
Optimized Design of Dry Detention Basin For Nutrient Load Removal
NC Department of Transportation(8/16/17 - 8/15/20)
Brynn Marr Watershed Water Quality Improvement
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(5/01/17 - 9/30/19)
Clean Little Alamance From the Y Up
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(2/01/17 - 9/30/19)
NCSU-BAE RSC Monitoring in Morrisville, NC
NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund(9/28/16 - 9/30/18)
Bolin Lake Park Stormwater BMP Design & Supervision
Piedmont Conservation Council, Inc.(9/01/16 - 6/30/18)
Evaluation of Gross Solids Proprietary Devices
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(10/01/16 - 12/31/16)
Advancing Key Low Impact Development Strategies to Restore Water Quality in the White Oak River Basin
Attorney General of North Carolina(7/01/16 - 6/30/17)
Design, Training & Monitoring of the Oak Island Septic Tank Stormwater Retrofit Project
NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund(4/01/16 - 11/30/17)
Developing and Publishing State-Recognized Pollutant Credit for North Carolina Stormwater Control Measures
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(7/01/16 - 9/30/16)