FAST 25: Williams Creek Management Corp.

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neil-at-orchard--williams-creek-consulting-15col.jpg Williams Creek President Neil Myers talks to Orchard School students about green infrastructure. (Photo courtesy of Williams Creek Management Corp.)

Revenue Growth FY 2013 to 2015: 125%

Good for the water: Williams Creek Management Corp. specializes in natural-resource construction—projects where communities want to meet regulatory requirements associated with the Clean Water Act and create something practical and beautiful.

“Water is our business,” President Neil Myers said. “Everything we do is at some level connected to the Clean Water Act, whether it’s compliance or purposeful design-driven solutions.”

An example: Williams Creek’s projects include things like rain gardens, storm water management systems and pond edge planting systems that prevent soil erosion. In Lafayette, Williams Creek was part of the team that created the Durkees Run Stormwater Park outside Lafayette Jefferson High School. The park is part of the city’s long-term plan to reduce raw sewage overflows and improve the water quality of the Wabash River. Durkees Run prevents sewer overflows by diverting 100 million gallons of storm water from Lafayette’s Wastewater Treatment plant.

Built in: An outdoor classroom, ecosystem demonstration boxes and an amphitheater, all used by students from the high school as well as Purdue University, are part of Durkees Run.

“It’s a premier example of using urban ecology as both a storm water management solution and a public outreach solution, combined with the high school using it as an outdoor classroom,” Myers said. “It’s a good and positive way cities reinvest in their community and still meet regulatory requirements associated with the Clean Water Act.”

Hard to sell: Early on, it was a challenge to get potential customers to buy into his company’s idea.

“We were on the cusp of creating a market in central Indiana that did not exist, and we were one of the early pioneers and adopters of this kind of work,” he said. “It’s become more of a natural course of acceptance than anything else.”

Looking good: Myers said he expects a similar pattern of growth for his company in the next three years.•

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