Water & Land Solutions (WLS)

We are a hybrid land use and mitigation solutions firm that incorporates expertise in mitigation banking, environmental economics, environmental consulting, land management, and regulatory permitting.  Underneath that technical jargon and far more than a company name, the PEOPLE that make up WLS are what make us unique.  WLS doesn’t “recruit” or “hire” scientists, engineers or financial experts to provide a service.  WLS identifies and selects PEOPLE who are passionate about what they do. We look for PEOPLE who are highly motivated and extensively educated in the mitigation industry.  Even in the selection of our clients and partnerships, it’s the individual passion and energy for success that stands out to us.  In the end, we bring together PEOPLE that have a love and energy for what we do, for working with landowners, and more than anything for ensuring an ideal project can be developed that meets the needs of all of our stakeholders. 


To improve water quality and ecological function of impaired systems while utilizing market-
based instruments that simultaneously increase financial yield for our partners.

At Water & Land Solutions, we strive to have a positive impact on the environment
so we can have a positive impact on people.


Adam V. McIntyre


Adam McIntyre is recognized as a leader in the mitigation industry having managed all facets of mitigation projects throughout multiple States in the U.S.  He has worked with or in over 10 different US Army Corp of Engineers districts and has experience working with multiple different credit procurement approaches to mitigation development.  As a watershed hydrologist, he has extensive experience in the scientific components of project success.  Adam has the unique experience of working with all aspects of mitigation banking including site planning and development, site design, and full construction experience along with the long-term monitoring and maintenance of completed projects.  Adam has been actively involved with the National Mitigation Banking Association for several years.  He has served as Vice President of the NC Environmental Restoration Association (NCERA) during a significant time period for that organization.  He was selected to serve as the Treasurer on the Inaugural Board for the South Carolina Mitigation Association (SCMA).

When he is not working, Adam spends his time chasing his three kids around Wake Forest, NC.  Adam holds a Bachelor's of Science in Natural Resource Management from North Carolina State University and has completed graduate level courses in watershed sciences.  He has received training in all levels of Rosgen natural channel design (Levels I-IV) and has received various certifications for stormwater device design and maintenance.  Adam is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys the challenges of hiking, hunting, and various sports.  He is also very active in missions work through his church and other organizations.  Adam is the founder of Water Quality and Health Federation, a non-profit whose mission is to improve access to clean water resources and promote environmental awareness in developing communities.  




Scott Hunt is an accomplished ecosystem restoration engineer with more than 22 years of civil engineering experience, specializing in stream, wetland, and habitat restoration, mitigation, conservation, and stewardship.  He is an avid, conservation-minded outdoorsman with passionate vision and a genuine desire to balance sound engineering principles and environmental stewardship. Scott has been involved with turnkey execution and management of all aspects of the ecosystem restoration and mitigation industry since its inception in North Carolina nearly two decades ago.  Scott has served as an ecosystem restoration technical services manager and lead engineer responsible for the management of staff, clients, and services across North Carolina, as well as national and regional level coordination of ecosystem restoration technical, business development and marketing services.  His career includes ecosystem restoration design, civil engineering site design, storm drainage design, stormwater management design, wireless telecommunications tower site design, and utility and erosion control design.

Scott is a North Carolina native, born in Wilmington, North Carolina, and living in the Raleigh, North Carolina area since childhood.  Scott holds a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University.  He currently serves as the Senior Water Resources Engineer for Water & Land Solutions in Raleigh, NC and is actively involved with the North Carolina Environmental Restoration Association (NCERA), serving as Vice-President.  Scott lives in Zebulon, North Carolina with his wife, son, and two daughters.  When Scott is not spending time with his family or serving at his church, he can likely be found in the woods or in the salt water pursuing his passion for the outdoors hunting or fishing.


kayne van stell


Over the past fifteen years, Kayne Van Stell has been involved in many aspects of ecosystem restoration and water resources projects, including mitigation banking, design and construction services, stormwater management, regulatory permitting, land acquisition and performance monitoring.  Throughout his career he has gained valuable experience implementing large scale mitigation projects and understands the complexities of site planning, functional assessments, bank establishment and credit generation.  Kayne has extensive site design and project management experience that includes developing construction plans and specifications while providing technical assistance for clients, stakeholders and contractors on numerous projects throughout the United States. He has completed all levels of Rosgen natural channel design (Levels I-IV) and has expertise with natural systems surveys such as stream and wetland investigations, geomorphic and ecological assessments, and conservation easement recordation. 


Kayne is originally from Chicago, Illinois and holds a Bachelor's of Science in Biology from Northern Michigan University. He has a passion for the outdoors and became dedicated to preserving and improving our natural resources at an early age.  He currently serves as the Lead Ecosystem Designer for Water & Land Solutions in Raleigh, NC and is actively involved with the North Carolina Environmental Restoration Association (NCERA).  He lives in Wake Forest, North Carolina with his wife and two daughters and enjoys spending time with them along the local greenway trails and fishing from the mountains to the coast.



Jon started with WLS in 2015 as a project scientist concentrating in stream, wetland, and habitat restoration.  He is an avid, conservation-minded outdoorsman with passionate vision and a genuine desire to strike a balance between sound ecological principles in order to promote and implement improvements to the conservation of natural resources. Jon most recently served for 7 years as a Master Officer with the Law Enforcement Division of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, in Wake County. He worked closely with the public, landowners, outdoorsmen and sportsman to conserve and protect the natural resources of North Carolina. In addition to the enforcement of the state’s wildlife law, Jon also worked diligently to educate the public and landowners about our ecosystems and the issues created by an increasing urban environment. He also assisted NCWRC biologists with wildlife population counts and wildlife disease control. 

Jon is a North Carolina native, originally from the Asheville area, and has lived in the Raleigh area since 2003.  He is a graduate of North Carolina State University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology.  He is a lifelong outdoorsman who cares about the conservation and preservation of our natural resources.  When away from work Jon spends his time hunting, fishing, hiking, enjoying time with his wife, family, friends and church family.




Catherine also started with WLS in 2015 and works as a project scientist focusing on stream, wetland, and habitat restoration, conservation and stewardship. She has a passion for improving the health and quality of surrounding watersheds as well as the education of the value of our natural resources. Most recently Catherine served as an Environmental Consultant for ICF International where she worked in the Environmental & Planning Division. She assisted with Tier 2 Environmental Site Specific Reviews for the FEMA and HUD New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Project.  She has stepped into WLS and assisted on all early steps of mitigation site development.

Catherine is originally from Northern Virginia.  She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science with a concentration in Hydrology, and a double minor in Geology and Geography from the University of Delaware.  Her passion for improving water quality developed from summers spent on the Cowpasture River with her family.  While Catherine is not working you will find her rowing and exploring the City of Raleigh.