Barry Nears Project Management Role

  • By Ayres
  • November 2, 2023

Staff Portrait of Colin Barry

Colin Barry, PG, CFM, has been promoted to Ayres’ professional 5 classification, progressing in his extensive preparation for his next career role – that of project manager.

Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Barry is a highly capable and proficient geomorphologist with eight years of experience using geomorphic analyses that integrate hydrology, hydraulics, sediment transport, geology, and geomorphology to develop process-based understandings of fluvial system dynamics for a wide range of projects and clients.

Barry worked extensively on the 2013 flood recovery efforts along the Front Range, including designing resilient stream systems to operate in confined urban settings as well as more natural settings with minimal encroachment. More recently, Colin has helped several municipalities and communities recover and mitigate against fire-impact hydrology and floods across Colorado following the 2018 Spring Creek Fire and the 2020 Cameron Peak Fire.

“Colin is laying solid groundwork for our work in the river systems health realm,” says Anthony Alvarado, vice president. “He’s already been impressing clients with his technical skills, and his initiative in the wake of the Cameron Peak Fire has made it clear that Colin knows how to make the best of opportunities to lead and to offer clients responsive, creative solutions.”

Barry is a registered professional geologist in Wyoming and Washington, and he is an ASFPM-certified floodplain manager. He holds a master’s degree in hydrologic science from the Colorado School of Mines and a bachelor’s degree in geology from Bates College. He is a member of the Colorado Association of Stormwater and Floodplain Managers and the Colorado Riparian Association.