Who am I?

Dani Wise Johnson is the owner and founder of Blueline Environmental.  Following graduate school, Dani joined the NCSU Water Quality Group as an Extension Associate in 1998 and became a part of the team that developed the Stream Restoration Institute. For seven years, Ms. Johnson and others completed numerous research projects on stream form and function. This field intensive experience led to a deeper understanding and appreciation for stream dynamics/complexities, watershed functions, the necessity of in-field evaluation, and the irreplaceable value of learning how to “read the river”. During the last four years of her time at NCSU WQG, Dani served as the Program Leader for the Institute and managed various restoration and watershed focused projects state-wide. She was also a Lead Instructor for the popular River Course classes and other training opportunities. Additionally, Dani supported both State and Federal regulatory personnel in the development of monitoring success criteria, project design review, and creation of functional assessments for the purposes of rating streams to be impacted/restored.

After leaving the University, Dani created Blueline Environmental as a means of providing clients with river assessment, restoration design, monitoring, training, and a variety of other services. Since that time, Dani has continued to design and oversee implementation of restoration projects; as well as work with other firms, participating in projects with a larger emphasis on low-impact land use planning (both site-specific and long-term), plan and conduct watershed assessments, perform TMDL Implementation Plan development, create Decision Support Systems to support funding of restoration efforts, provide technical support for landscape planning efforts, and encourage incorporation of restoration efforts into Brownfield development sites. Dani also continues to host training classes on Stream Identification and Assessment Methods annually and has led courses for Federal and State agencies.

All of this work is balanced (when possible) through as much recreational time as possible on the water: fly fishing, boating, and generally playing in the creek!

Related Trainings and Certifications:
Wildland Hydrology Courses – Levels I-V (Rosgen)
Fluvial Geomorphology for Engineers, 2000
River Morphology and Applications, 2001
River Assessment and Monitoring, 2001
River Restoration and Natural Channel Design, 2001
River Restoration Design Implementation, 2005
Sediment Transport Considerations in River Restoration, UC Berkley, 2003
Aquatic Macro-invertebrate Sampling Certification, NC Division of
Water Quality, 2006
Eco-hydraulics and River Corridor Restoration, NCSU 2010
Risk Assessment of In-Stream Structures, NCSU 2010


MS, Natural Resources Administration, Hydrology Concentration
North Carolina State University, 1998

BS, Environmental Science, Geology Concentration
College of William and Mary in Virginia, 1995


Johnson, Dani W. Restoring Rivers in the Virginia Mountains.  In: Proc. for the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference, Baltimore, MD. September, 2015.

Johnson, Dani W. Beaver Creek: A Focus on Trout Reproduction. In: Proc. For the 2012 Southeastern Stream Restoration Conference, Innovations for Ecology. Wilmington, NC, October 15-18, 2012.

Johnson, Dani W., D. Brad Ketterling, C. Moore. Use of Mobile Technology and GIS in Watershed Assessments and Management Plans. AWRA Spring Specialty Conference: Geographic Information Systems and Water Resources VII. New Orleans, LA, March 26-28, 2012. 

Johnson, Dani W. Incorporating LID Stormwater Management Practices and Ecological Restoration on Re-Development Properties. In: Proc. For the 2011 Low Impact Development Symposium, Greening the Urban Environment. Philadelphia, PA, September 25-28, 2011.

Johnson, Dani W. Restoring Urban Streams to Achieve Multiple Environmental Objectives and Long-Term Stability. American Public Works Association DC, MD, VA Chapter Conference, Fredericksburg, VA, May 5-6, 2011.

Johnson, Dani W. Project Challenges in Urban and Rural Restoration Sites in the Virginia Piedmont. Invited Speaker to the Virginia Association of Wetland Professionals, April 5, 2011.

Johnson, Dani W., Joanna Curran, PhD PE., Analysis of Multiple Discharge Measurement Methodologies in an Urban Setting. In: Proc. For the 2010 Southeast Regional Conference on Stream Restoration, Raleigh, NC, Nov 2010.

Johnson, Dani W. Challenges of a Restoration Project in the Virginia Piedmont. Southeast Regional Conference on Stream Restoration, Asheville, NC, November, 2008.

Johnson, Dani W., Evaluating Monitoring Requirements for Stream Mitigation Projects. In: Proc. For the 2004 Southeastern Regional Conference on Stream Restoration, Winston Salem, NC, June, 2004.

Wise, Dani, K. Hall, Physical Monitoring of Stream Restoration Projects. In: Proc. for the 2003 Annual American Water Resources Association Conference, San Diego, CA, November 2003.

Doll, B.A., G.L. Grabow, K.R. Hall, J. Halley, W.A. Harman, G.D. Jennings and D.E. Wise, 2003. Stream Restoration: A Natural Channel Design Handbook. NC Stream Restoration Institute, NC State University. 128 pp (Prepared for the US EPA)

Doll, B., D. Wise, C. Buckner, S. Wilkerson, W. Harman, and R. Smith. Hydraulic Geometry Relationships for Urban Streams throughout the Piedmont of North Carolina. 2002. Journal of American Water Resources Association Vol. 38(3).

Wise, Dani, A. Moreland, K. Hall, and B. Doll. Effects of Stream Restoration on In-stream and Subsurface Flow. In: Proc. for the American Water Resources Association Specialty Conference on Surface and Groundwater Interactions, Keystone, CO, July 2002.

Wise, Dani.  On-Line Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Guidebook, NC Cooperative Extension. 1998-1999.

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