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Sam Parish, Senior Scientist


Sam Parish, P.G., CPESC, is a Professional Geologist with over 12 years of experience. His fields of practice include remedial site investigation and closure; Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments; hydrologic studies; water quality permitting; site restoration; preparation of technical reports supporting water quality permitting and enforcement matters; site monitoring and report preparation for remediation sites; erosion and sediment control inspections; planning, permitting, and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan preparation for construction projects; wetland delineations; stream determinations; and geographic information systems (GIS) analyses.

Mr. Parish’s technical interests include the study of groundwater hydrology with regard to site uses and regulatory permitting and enforcement constraints. He has conducted numerous surface hydrology, soil, sediment, and groundwater investigations for various facilities, including commercial and manufacturing facilities, impoundments, defense sites, superfund sites, and linear projects. Mr. Parish has negotiated Brownfield closures and evaluated remedial alternatives at various facilities in order to seek site closure.

Mr. Parish also has conducted morphological stream surveys, wetland delineations, and water quality assessments for a range of prospective and existing clients, including corporate, not-for-profit and governmental clients.

Mr. Parish’s work has supported various water quality permit applications and includes negotiating state and Army Corps of Engineers (COE) water quality permit parameters for various projects. His work on water quality permitting has also included conducting alternatives analysis and socio-economic analysis in accordance with state and federal antidegradation policy, development of mitigation plans, and overseeing mitigation implementation. Mr. Parish also has conducted numerous sediment and erosion control inspections and oversight for various clients in several states.



  • 2014 – present – Project Scientist, BDY Environmental, Nashville, TN
  • 2007 – 2014 – Project Scientist, BDY Environmental, Nashville, TN
  • 2002 – 2007 – Environmental Scientist, AMEC Earth and Environmental, Nashville, TN
  • 2001 – 2002 – Watershed Research Internship, University of the South, Sewanee, TN


  • BS, The University of the South, Natural Resources, 2002


  • Tennessee Qualified Hydrologic Professional Certification (#11XX-TN13)
  • Registered Professional Geologist, Tennessee (4869)
  • Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (4592)