Rutledge Clement Riddle, PWS, founded ClearWater Environmental Consultants, Inc. in 2002. He has over 30 years of experience with wetland permitting, environmental planning, and natural resource studies in North Carolina. He oversees all environmental projects and serves as the Principal for large and technical permitting projects. Ongoing representative projects include mitigation design and monitoring, 404 permitting for golf courses, master-planned communities, retail shopping malls, industrial developments, and Environmental Assessments for NEPA/SEPA compliance. Clement has extensive experience managing wetland/stream permitting and mitigation projects. He has dealt extensively with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Prior to founding ClearWater, Clement opened and managed the Hendersonville office for Newkirk Environmental, Inc. from 1998–2002. In 1998, he obtained his Master of Planning Degree from the University of Virginia with a concentration in Environmental Planning and Land Development. While pursuing this degree, he continued to conduct environmental assessments and wetland planning for clients in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Oklahoma. Prior to graduate school, he was employed by Law Engineering and Environmental Services for four years, where he was involved with wetland delineations, protected species assessments, and environmental permitting.