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


Monitoring the Water Quality Benefits of a Triangular Swale Treating a Highway Runoff
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.
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
Hydrologic and water quality performance of two aging and unmaintained dry detention basins receiving highway stormwater runoff
Wissler, A. D., Hunt, W. F., & McLaughlin, R. A. (2020), JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, 255.
Using Irrigation to Increase Stormwater Mitigation Potential of Rainwater Harvesting Systems
Gee, K. D., Hunt, W. F., Peacock, C. H., Woodward, M. D., & Arellano, C. (2020), JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE WATER IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT, 6(2).
Water Quality and Hydrologic Performance of Two Dry Detention Basins Receiving Highway Stormwater Runoff in the Piedmont Region of North Carolina
Wissler, A. D., Hunt, W. F., & McLaughlin, R. A. (2020), JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE WATER IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT, 6(2).
Water quality performance of a permeable pavement and stormwater harvesting treatment train stormwater control measure
Winston, R. J., Arend, K., Dorsey, J. D., & Hunt, W. F. (2020), BLUE-GREEN SYSTEMS.
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).

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9-Element Plan Development for Jack Smith Creek
City of New Bern(7/01/21 - 12/31/21)
Monitoring Spore Capture and Release from a Stormwater Control Measure
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(5/07/21 - 9/30/21)
Stormwater & Channel Retrofits for the Upper Portion of Hominy Creek Swamp in Wilson, NC
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(1/27/21 - 6/30/23)
Bradley Creek Water Quality Improvement
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(2/05/21 - 6/30/23)
Evaluating Maintenance Requirements & Water Quality Benefits of Alternative Vegetated & Non‐Vegetated Linings in Roadside Swales
NC Department of Transportation(1/01/21 - 12/31/22)
Installation of a Stormwater Monitoring Station for the Duffyfield Subwatershed
City of New Bern(6/01/20 - 6/30/20)
Designing Stormwater Control Measures for Hominy Creek in the City of Wilson
City of Wilson (5/01/20 - 11/30/21)
Optimizing Floating Treatment Wetland Deployment to Improve Water Quality
NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund(2/23/21 - 7/31/23)
Greenfield Lake 319 Wet Pond Retrofit
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(6/01/20 - 12/31/21)
Swale Research in Continued Support of NCDOT’s Stormwater Program
NC Department of Transportation(1/01/20 - 5/31/20)