Wm. Patrick Lucey

Sr. Aquatic Ecologist, R.P. Bio., C. Biol., MRSB

Mr. Lucey, the president of Aqua-Tex Scientific Consulting Ltd. is a senior aquatic ecologist with a background in freshwater and marine ecology, resource management and political science. His specialities are managing water resources so that they add value to development projects, and demonstrating how maintenance and enhancement of ecological function can provide cost-savings on infrastructure and result in a healthier environment. He has established a personal reputation as a specialist in design and construction of quality rainwater management systems, streams and wetlands and is respected by both clients and regulators for his ecologically sound, yet innovative approaches to protecting water resources within urban environments. He is a co-author of a report commissioned by the Province of BC, entitled “Resources From Waste: Integrated Resource Management” which reviewed the integration of decentralized wastewater treatment, water reuse and energy capture to create closed-loop urban water and energy systems that make a profit for communities. Mr. Lucey was a Special Advisor to the British Columbia Government on their new Water Policy “Living Water Smart” released last spring.

Mr. Lucey is a founding member of the Canadian and BC Proper Functioning Condition (PFC) stream/wetland assessment cadre and is trained in the USGBC LEED™ certification process. He acts as a graduate studies supervisor for students in urban stream ecology and was instrumental in the establishment of an Industrial Chair in Environmental Management of Drinking Water Watersheds, at the University of Victoria, which began in 1999. Mr. Lucey’s water management and design expertise has been incorporated into the Vancouver Island Technology Park (1st LEED™ building in Canada), the UVic Integrated Stormwater Management Plan, many residential developments and several LEED™ green buildings. He was on the design teams of Dockside Green in Victoria BC (LEED™ platinum community), South East False Creek (site of the 2010 Olympic Village) and British Pacific Properties’ Rodgers Creek project, a 210-acre subdivision on the slopes of West Vancouver.

Challenge Series Bio

  • We design and build projects that are efficient, effective and affordable both for the owner and for the community. Smart development can provide both economic and ecological benefits and can enhance the communities in which we live and work. Our solid understanding of the science of freshwater ecology ensures that our projects go beyond looking green, and function properly in both the short and long-term. We believe in an integrated team approach to sustainable planning and design.
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    - Cori L. Barraclough
    Freshwater Ecologist at Aqua-Tex