Principal Aquatic Biologist
“Lon is the guy you want for any kind of emergency response, ” says Greg Koonce, Inter-Fluve founding Principal. “Cool-headed under pressure and creatively resourceful, he’s got a wealth of life experience to draw upon.”
Much of that know-how comes from years of self-reliance: “I grew up feral, running around the woods hunting and fishing, literally living off the land,” Lon says. By 14, he was working in Alaska, and by 18, he was the youngest commercial fishing boat captain at the time. He made his way to college by landing a soccer scholarship, where he met someone leading expeditions in the Amazon who allowed him to tag along. Before long, Lon was leading trips and found himself fully immersed in the culture and lifestyle of the CofÃ¡n people. He crossed paths with an Inter-Fluve employee visiting the Amazon in 1985, and has worked with us ever since
“I enjoy projects with multiple objectives: environmental, cultural, human. How, say, can we design a stream that will function for wildlife while still allowing for multi-use human activity?” Lon focuses on aquatic habitat restoration projects, water feature development, and emergency restoration/spill response. His innovative designs and solutions are customized to client and context, and built to the highest standards. His ability to empathize and understand different points of view makes him a valuable mediator in addition to a project manager and construction supervisor. Lon regularly leads seminars on multi-use aquatic design for universities, state and federal agencies, and several foundations.