Eric Fowle

Executive Director, East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission / Founding Co-Chair, Niagara Escarpment Resource Network

Eric Fowle

Eric Fowle

Eric Fowle is the Executive Director of the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (ECWRPC) – a quasi-governmental, advisory planning agency created by the State of Wisconsin to foster regional collaboration across a ten county area.

His career began in the realm of ‘water’; starting his career with the Brown County Planning Commission serving as staff support for the Lower Green Bay Remedial Action Plan – one of 31 impaired Areas of Concern (AOCs) strewn across the Great Lakes basin. Later, as a Community Planner with the Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission, he worked with dozens of communities on environmental planning issues and regional wastewater service and treatment plans.

His subsequent 8 years of work as and Environmental Planner at the East Central RPC allowed him to build the State of Wisconsin’s first regional non-metallic mining reclamation program; better integrate the environmental visioning process into local land use plans, and; develop regional transportation and economic development plans and policies geared toward the conservation of the region’s unique and abundant natural resources. He received his American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification in 1999, and; in 2005, he became the youngest Executive Director in the agency’s 42 year history.

During this time, Eric was a driving force in fostering the creation of the Niagara Escarpment Resource Network (NERN); an outgrowth of an initial symposium on the subject held in 1998. His leadership and collaborative skills have led to successes including State Legislature proclamations; national American Viticultural Area designations; a successful ‘Ledge Tours’ program, and; a partnership-based approach to the development of the escarpment corridor’s first visionary Greenway Plan.

Much of his work was recognized in 2010 when he was selected as a recipient of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Conservation Person of the Year Award. His work with water has now come full circle, as NERN joined with the Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership in 2010 where he serves on the Board of Directors. This broader non-profit group is driven to build an improved ‘water ethic’ within Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan Basin.


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