We bridge the gap between theory and application. Our watershed success hinges on our unique ability to communicate with and gain the trust of local stakeholders.

An industry leader in water sciences, RESPEC uses a proven, integrated approach with a comprehensive process—from master planning through implementation—as the key to successful watershed management.  Our technical expertise and management ensure the development of innovative, economic strategies to assess and improve watershed management and ecosystem restoration.

RESPEC's scientists and engineers bridge the gap between theoretical science and applied science and engineering. We work to fully understand your project from a theoretical perspective and relate the theories to the actual, assessed watershed conditions. Our scientists and researchers develop prioritization and feasibility analysis applications that allow us to better comprehend watershed conditions to increase the effectiveness of implementation.

Combining field monitoring, modeling, assessments, and conservation planning to develop alternatives, cost/benefit analyses, and conceptual designs, our professionals achieve a thorough plan that addresses existing and future needs, has active stakeholder commitment, and identifies project funding integral to successful watershed management.

RESPEC’s consistent watershed success hinges on our unique ability to gain the understanding and trust of local stakeholders. Our project specialists collaborate closely with individual citizens, special-interest groups, public agencies, and private landowners to ensure excellent results.

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    • Watershed Restoration Planning
    • Restoration Effectiveness Monitoring
    • Rangeland Planning and Rehabilitation
    • Irrigation System Analysis and Design
    • Irrigation Scheduling
    • Riparian Restoration Ecological Services
    • Ecological Services
    • Custom Tool Development for Planning and Tracking
    • Construction Administration
    • Grant Writing and Watershed Program Management
    • Public Outreach Education and Stakeholder Relations

Integrated Watershed Planning & Management projects

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Belle Fourche River Watershed Implementation Project

Correcting sediment and bacteria impairments in and around the Belle Fourche River Watershed.

Benton County Irrigation Scheduler

Creating a web-based application (Irrigation Management Assistant) to help manage irrigation.

Best Management Practices Tracking

Tracking stormwater best management practices using mapFeeder™.

Big Sioux Flood Inundation System

Developing a Flood Inundation System for the Big Sioux River Basin in eastern South Dakota.

Big Sioux River Sediment and Bacteria Total Maximum Daily Load

Developing sediment and bacteria Total Maximum Daily Loads for the Big Sioux River.

Big Sioux Water Quality Trading Project

Assessing the sediment and bacteria impairments in the Central Big Sioux River Watershed and reducing pollution through a water quality trading.

Cape Fear River Watershed Model

Developing a Soil and Water Assessment Tool model to improve water quality in the Cape Fear River Watershed.

Cheyenne Municipal Watershed Wildfire Hazard Mitigation

Evaluating potential fire risk and water quality impacts to minimize future water supply system risks.

Clark Fork River Plains Reach Assessment

Identifying restoration alternatives to improve conditions and restore natural channel processes while protecting critical infrastructure and economically important lands.

Contribution-Based Watershed Assessments

Using local watershed data and conditions to derive improvement fees.

Decision-Support Tools for Watershed Management

Developing custom tools to interpret model results for watershed management.

HSPF Code Conversion

Modernizing HSPF modeling code to maximize results.

Illinois River Total Maximum Daily Load

Modeling water quality and developing a Total Maximum Daily Load for the Illinois River Watershed.

Lower Gallatin Watershed Restoration Plan

Providing a framework for implementing water quality improvements for sediment, nutrient, and E. coli pollutants on 15 impaired stream segments in the Lower Gallatin Watershed.

Middle North Platte Watershed Study

Creating an inventory of water and land resources within a Wyoming watershed.

Mussel Data Analysis

Assessing and monitoring the condition of a mussel community during construction and operation of a 366-meter navigation lock.

Nutrient Reductions

Helping Minnesota implement its nutrient-reduction strategy and reduce its impact on downstream waters supporting local, state, and international water quality efforts.

Piney Creek Major Drainageway Plan

Mitigating severe channel degradation, erosion, and heavy sediment deposition in the Piney Creek drainageway.

Red River of the North Stressor-Response Model

Examining the relationships between the biological community and nutrients in the International Red River Watershed.

SARA Water Quality Modeling Tool Development

Developing software tools to facilitate watershed modeling and planning in San Antonio River Authority’s (SARA) watersheds.

Spring Creek Watershed Restoration

Keeping streams clean in the Black Hills.

SWMM Stormwater Planning Plug-In for Open Planning Tools

Creating new tools for computing stormwater runoff in urban areas.

SWMM/EPANET User Interface Reengineering

Updating software user interface that is designed to manage input data, drive specialized simulations, and analyze output data that are user-friendly.

Temperature Total Maximum Daily Load Assessment

Supporting aquatic life by defining allowable heat loads and implementation plans for streams in the Black Hills.

Using Basins.MIL to Evaluate Climate Non-Stationarity

Understanding and managing the potential impacts of climate change and land-use change at a watershed scale.

Water Conservation Belle Fourche Irrigation District

Improving water-use efficiency using an overall water management system.

Yellow Medicine Project – One Watershed One Plan

Guiding southwest Minnesota partners to develop the next generation of watershed planning for the Yellow Medicine River.
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Integrated Watershed Planning & Management products

RESPEC’s product line is geared towards making businesses and organizations better, faster, smarter, and safer. Our products benefit clients in need of greater efficiency, accuracy, and cost savings.

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BASINS integrates environmental data, analysis tools and watershed and water quality models to assist in managing watersheds and developing Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs).


HSPEXP+—An enhanced expert system for calibration of HSPF.

Hydrologic Simulation Program‑FORTRAN (HSPF)

Hydrologic Simulation Program‑FORTRAN (known as HSPF) is an analytical tool that has applications in planning, designing, and operating water-resources systems. 

Hydrologic Simulation Program–Python (HSP2)

RESPEC’s Hydrologic Simulation Program–Python (HSP2) model uses modern technology to improve upon its predecessor Hydrologic Simulation Program–FORTAN (HSPF) model.

Irrigation Management Assistant (IMA)

RESPEC’s Irrigation Management Assistant (IMA) is a web-based, mobile-friendly, irrigation-scheduling application that reduces the environmental impact of irrigation.

SARA Load Reduction Tool  

SARA Load Reduction Tool — Allowing users to determine the constituent load reductions needed to reach water quality standards in model reaches within a watershed.

SARA TS Utility  

SARA Timeseries Utility supports the analysis and management of time-varying environmental data.

Scenario Application Manager (SAM)

RESPEC’s HSPF Scenario Application Manager (SAM) is a comprehensive decision-support tool for planning and implementing targeted actions to restore or protect water quality.
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Julie Blackburn
Director of Support Planning


Jared Oswald, PE
Manager, Watershed Management