The ECI Mission Statement

To provide professional environmental consulting and research services where education, research, demonstration, and ecological restoration merge through conservation partnerships.

ECI Professional Organizations

North American Lake Management Society

Indiana Lake Management Society

Ecological Society of Restoration

Indiana Water Resources Association


Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana Corn Marketing Council, & Indiana Corn Growers Association

8425 Keystone Crossing, Suite 200,
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Robyn Shelley – Project & Research Coordinator

(317) 644-1317

Jerry Sweeten, Senior Stream Ecologist has had a long partnership with ISA and ICMC while as a Professor at Manchester University, and this partnership continues. We have had a conservation partnership to examine water quality in Beargrass Creek and PawPaw Creek as a paired-watershed approach. This project uses automatic water samplers and other technologies to determine nutrient and sediment loads and how they change with best management practices. We also examined the fish and invertebrate communities. This project has been funded since 2014 and most recently farmers in the watershed have made cash contributions to keep the project functional.


The Nature Conservancy (TNC) – Blue River Office

5885 Wulfman Road SE
Laconia, IN 47135
Cassie Hauswald – Freshwater Ecologist (812) 737-2087

ECI is working with TNC and Cassie Hauswald in partnership with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and Purdue University to remove two dams in Indian Creek near Corydon, Indiana. We are handling all phases of this project including, pre and post removal stream bathymetry, fish surveys, mussel surveys, and stream QHEI surveys. We are also responsible for all permitting and coordinating the removal with a contractor. The dams are scheduled to be removed in October 2019. This project is part of a larger effort to reintroduce the endangered hellbender salamander.

United States Fish and Wildlife Service Carterville FWCO

Ohio River Basin Fish Habitat Partnership and National Fish Passage Program in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio
9053 Rt 148
Marion, IL 62959
Donovan Henry, Coordinator (618) 997-6869

Jerry Sweeten, Senior Stream Ecologist, has had a long partnership with the USFWS while as a Professor at Manchester University, and this partnership continues. We have worked with USFWS to remove three dams from the Eel River, install and monitor a prototype fish ladder in the Eel River, construct a two-stage ditch in Beargrass Creek (Wabash County), and reintroduce a federally endangered mussel to the Eel River. All this work in the Eel River basin resulted in a designation as one of the top 10 watersheds to watch in the United States by USFWS.


Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation (WACF)

Heather Harwood, Executive Director
Beth Morris
1586 IN-13, Syracuse, IN 46567
Phone: 574-457-4549

Ecosystems Connections Institute is currently contracted by WACF for a large water quality assessment of the five major tributaries entering Lake Wawasee and the lake outlet to describe nutrient and sediment loads.  This new initiative is called Watershed Inlet Nutrient Study (WINS) and will provide scientifically robust data to create a comprehensive watershed initiative to improve water quality in Lake Wawasee.

Web site:  http://wacf.com/