Equinox is pleased to announce that Bill Eaker has joined the Equinox team. “We are excited to have someone with such a respected reputation and who has accomplished so much in the environmental, land use and growth management planning arena join our team”, said Equinox President David Tuch. Bill will help Equinox continue providing high quality work and build Equinox’ capacity in conservation planning, stormwater, sustainability, and water resource planning services. Bill has 34 years of experience and has received numerous awards and accolades for his accomplishments, many as a result of his work at Land-of-Sky Regional Council of Governments. The following are just a few highlights of Bill’s career to date.
Top Ten Highlights
- He was instrumental in the establishment of several watershed improvement associations and programs (e.g., French Broad River Foundation, Mills River Partnership, Mud Creek Watershed Restoration Council, Haywood Waterways Association).
- He has implemented various strategies to address non-point sources of pollution and urban stormwater issues in the region.
- His work led to the establishment of a stormwater utility to fund an improved management program in the City of Asheville.
- Bill developed a Guide to Stormwater Management for Local Officials in 1994.
- He organized the Ross Creek Urban Watershed Restoration Project in 2000 to restore a small, impaired urban stream within the City of Asheville.
- He established the Regional Stormwater Planning Committee to assist local officials in complying with the EPA and NC Phase II Stormwater Rules.
- He co-staffed the Mountain Ridge and Steep Slope Protection Advisory Committee that developed a framework for sustainable mountain ridge development in Western NC.
- He received the River Improvement Award from Quality Forward/Asheville GreenWorks.
- He was named as a Lifetime Friend of the River by Land-of-Sky Regional Council.
- The Buncombe County Commissioners recognized Bill’s achievements with the Buncombe County Green Award.