An SBA-Certified Women Owned Small Business
August 22, 2013

Our Consultants

Emy Parham, M.A. President/Director of Business Operations

Ms. Parham is a founder and the President of Trutta Environmental Solutions and has over twelve years experience working in water management and environmental assessment and 25 years in business management. Ms. Parham is certified as a MS4 Stormwater Permit Compliance Professional by the American Stormwater Institute. Her knowledge of MS4 permit requirements and best management practices help successfully guide localities as they navigate the MS4 process.  She also leads the development of Trutta’s High Definition Stream Survey (HDSS) to smoothly integrate outputs with current MS4 permit regulations.

She has extensive experience in Business Adminitstration, Project Management, Marketing, and Event Planning. Her diverse professional experience also includes extensive contract management ranging from rapid turn around projects to managing a multi-million dollar federal grant across the United States, Canada and Europe. In addition to her role as a MS4 expert with Trutta Environmental Solutions, she serves as company President where she leads business and contract administration, accounting and payroll, legal and insurance, and marketing and website design.

Ms. Parham earned her M.A. from the University of Maryland and B.A. from Virginia Tech.

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James E. Parham, Ph.D. Hydrologist and Aquatic Biologist/Director of Research & Development

Dr. Parham was Senior Consultant with Parham and Associates Environmental Consulting, which merged with Trutta Consulting in 2017. Dr. Parham is a Certified Fisheries Professional and marine biologist with 30 years of experience in the water management profession. Dr. Parham specializes in applying the latest technology to design and deliver solutions to difficult resource management issues, including instream flow, hydropower, habitat availability, and fish passage studies. He is an expert in Geographic Information System (GIS) modeling that integrates components of hydrology, geomorphology, and fish ecology to enable improved use of freshwaters. He serves as a research hydrologist and aquatic biologist with Bishop Museum in Honolulu, HI and as associate research fellow at the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska. Dr. Parham is a past President of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. He received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, an M.S. from the University of Guam and a B.S. from Virginia Tech.

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Brett A. Connell, M.S. Hydrologist/Director of Sales

Mr. Connell is a key developer of the HDSS methodology and was the founder of Trutta Consulting, which merged with Parham and Associates Environmental Consulting in 2017. He has 15 years of professional experience in water resources, stream ecology, and fisheries biology with project experience throughout the US. Mr. Connell specializes in the development and application of innovative technologies that help solve difficult water resource management problems. He earned his M.S. in Biosystems Engineering Technology from the University of Tennessee, a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Toledo, and an Associates Degree in Fisheries Management and Aquaculture from Hocking College.  

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(419) 215-7897

Dane Shuman, M.S. Aquatic Ecologist/Senior Consultant

Mr. Shuman is an expert in fisheries and aquatic conservation and management, specifically threatened and endangered species. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the upper Great Plains working in habitats ranging from small wadable streams to North Americas longest river, the Missouri River. Mr. Shuman worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service serving as a Fisheries Biologist and Fisheries Supervisor overseeing federal management in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas. He assisted in the development of numerous monitoring programs both large and small. He received his M.S. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a B.S. from Doane College.

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