The mission of EnviroLinks is to mitigate drought conditions by educating and motivating people to implement methods that retain water and recharge aquifers.


Professional Licensed Geologist, North Carolina No. 2129
Registered Professional Geologist, Tennessee No. 2330
B. A., Geology, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
B. S. Elem. Educ., Florida State University, Tallahassee
13 Years in Environmental Consulting

Founded by Sherry Ingram, Professional Geologist (NC No. 2129), EnviroLinks is addressing regional drought conditions with site-specific documents and community presentations. Ms. Ingram has worked as an environmental geologist for 13 years, on small and large projects for both governmental and corporate clients, and applying a wide range of technologies and regulations. Projects have addressed contamination from dense nonaqueous-phase liquid (DNAPL), volatile and semivolatile organic compounds, pH, metals, and petroleum in groundwater, surface water, sediment, and soils. Ms. Ingram worked in the petroleum industry for eight years, on a national computer inventory of abandoned mine lands for two years, and as a teacher at many levels and settings for ten years.


Scheduled presentation at RiverLink http://www.riverlink.org/ February 20, 2009, 4 pm

A year has passed since I updated this blog. My ideas have been forming while I was taking care of my family. I changed my business model from supporting other environmental firms to informing people about drought and motivating them to implement methods that retain moisture and recharge aquifers. I think we have minimized the role of plant transpiration in keeping the hydrologic cycle vigorous and that we have gone too far in using the ideas of moving storm water away. Probably not the first time (or last!) we have gotten into trouble thinking that if it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing. As storm water is moved rapidly away, much that would have sunk into the ground is no longer available to move through the roots and stems of plants to support photosynthesis. Through photosynthesis, plants move moisture from soils and aquifers to the atmosphere, where it raises humidity and is available to condense and fall again as precipitation. With this process, the same water may travel up and down repeatedly in warm weather, maintaining moist soils and high water tables. Unless it is moved away.

I have become interested in traditional rainwater harvesting methods as a means for mitigating drought conditions and give a presentation to local groups to explain my ideas and summarize these and other methods. I am forming relationships with people already doing similar work and offering to train groups in the more basic techniques. I am really pleased with the response so far.


The class project I did for my GIS 215 class at ABTech pointed out the connection between discharging stormwater and increasing drought conditions. It seems to me that this would occur by way of lowering regional and local water tables and the resulting decrease in transpiration from plants. Revisions to land uses for ABTech are presented that could increase water infiltration by approximately 20 percent.

Collecting reports, visuals, and other information for this project was very satisfying, and it has become a topic in which my interest continues to increase.

I am working with Henderson County, NC, on their recently acquired digital colored orthophotos. This has allowed me to leave the tutoring position I have held for the past two years, and I am pleased to be utilizing the GIS training I have received during the past year.


I am pleased to tell you that I received notification from the North Carolina Board for Licensing of Geologists that I passed the Association of States Boards of Geology examination and have been issued a License as a Professional Geologist. Naturally, I am thrilled, and look forward to providing additional services to my clients. Thanks to all who have helped and encouraged me to achieve this goal.


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