Senior Manager/Senior Fisheries Biologist
Henry Mealing has 27 years of experience in biological sampling and analysis of stream, river, and reservoir aquatic communities in the Southeast. He has served as Project Manager and/or Environmental Resources Manager for numerous hydropower relicensing and 316 projects. Henry specializes in studies relating to hydropower impacts and relicensing and has been innovative in developing strategies for mitigating project impacts around the southeast. Henry serves as a senior facilitator for both public and private project meetings and is experienced with state and federal environmental permitting. Henry routinely conducts environmental assessments related to hydroelectric relicensing projects. He is familiar with the NEPA process and has participated in the preparation of several EIS's, focusing primarily on the fisheries and water quality portions of the application documents as well as the detailed biological studies forming the basis of the EIS conclusions.
M.S. Fisheries Science, University of Tennessee (1989)
B.S. Biology, Augusta State University (1981)
MORE ABOUT ME
Where did you go to college and what degree(s) did you earn?
B.S. in Science from Augusta State University in Augusta, GA – it was my hometown college and actually had a specialization in aquatic sciences. M.S. in Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries from The University of Tennessee (Go Vols!)
Why did you select your current profession?
My current profession selected me. In my younger days, I dreamed of working for a fish and wildlife State or Federal Agency, but my first job opportunity was working in private consulting. Over the years, I have had several opportunities to switch over to the public sector, but now I can’t see why I ever thought that was a good idea.
What is the most gratifying project that you have worked on?
One that stands out in my mind is the Coosa and Warrior River relicense. It involved working with Alabama Power to relicense 9 different hydro developments on two different river basins with over 300 stakeholders and a multitude of environmental issues. It was challenging and overwhelming at times, but the resulting License Application and Mitigation package was a “win-win” for the client and the stakeholders.
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Australia and New Zealand – I have always wanted to visit the “land-down-under”. The wildlife and aboriginal history are fascinating to me.
Who is your role model (non-work)?
Jesus Christ – through His life He taught us how to be Servant-Leaders. I try to model my management style and work ethic after his teachings.