Joe Hankins

Vice President and Director, Freshwater Institute


Joe HankinsJoe joined The Conservation Fund in 1992 to develop aquaculture, sustainable rural economic development and technology outreach in Appalachia. Today he leads an internationally recognized research and consulting program focused on water reuse technology in food production. He is known for bringing a biologist’s eye and an entrepreneur’s passion to the modern issues in conservation.

In addition to his work at the Freshwater Institute, Joe serves as an Officer of the Natural Capital Investment Fund. He is active in local and regional work-groups focused on the strategic importance of water, community water infrastructure planning, and life cycle assessment.

Joe holds an M.S. in Environmental Biology from Hood College and a B.S. in General Science from Purdue University.

Contact : jhankins@conservationfund.org 304-876-2815 ext. 212 

Featured Projects

The Freshwater Institute Partners with Wegmans Food Markets

The Freshwater Institute Partners with Wegmans Food Markets

The Freshwater Institute, a program of The Conservation Fund, is one of the nation’s premier research and development facilities dedicated...

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Denitrification

Denitrification

At The Conservation Fund Freshwater Institute, we have a major interest in denitrification technologies that reduce nitrate pollution in...
Conservation Priority Mapping in West Virginia

Conservation Priority Mapping in West Virginia

West Virginia Conservation Action Plan The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) developed the WVCAP as a framework...
Assessing Green Infrastructure in West Virginia

Assessing Green Infrastructure in West Virginia

Jefferson County, West Virginia, confronts haphazard growth that disrupt normal ecosystem functions and community vitality. The continued protection of the...
Trout Hatchery Planning, Design, and Construction

Trout Hatchery Planning, Design, and Construction

A new hatchery was designed and constructed for the Rolling Rock Club that consolidated fish culture activities into one...
Recirculating Aquaculture Systems Design

Recirculating Aquaculture Systems Design

The National Cold Water Marine Aquaculture Center (NCWMAC) is a new research facility established by USDA ARS to improve...
Razorback Sucker Culture System Planning

Razorback Sucker Culture System Planning

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) raises razorback suckers for the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program at...
Pacific Salmon Restoration Program Planning

Pacific Salmon Restoration Program Planning

The Chelan County Public Utility District (PUD) rears Pacific salmon and steelhead associated with the Upper Columbia River as...
Land-Based Closed-Containment Aquaculture with the Atlantic Salmon Federation

Land-Based Closed-Containment Aquaculture with the Atlantic Salmon Federation

In 2011 two conservation organizations came to the same understanding, an idea formed probably while fishing where the best...
Fish Hatchery Water Reuse Evaluation – Chelan County, WA

Fish Hatchery Water Reuse Evaluation – Chelan County, WA

The Chelan County Public Utility District (PUD) in Washington State produces over four million juvenile anadromous and resident Pacific...
Development of Sustainable Land-Based Aquaculture Production Systems

Development of Sustainable Land-Based Aquaculture Production Systems

A Cooperative Agreement funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. Downloadable case study — PDF  Challenge U.S. consumers...
West Virginia Tributary Strategies for Chesapeake Bay Restoration

West Virginia Tributary Strategies for Chesapeake Bay Restoration

While the Chesapeake Bay has played important roles in our nation’s heritage, the current impacts of pollution have created...
Sustainable Fish Success in Indiana

Sustainable Fish Success in Indiana

Yellow perch is one of the most popular of all North American pan fish. It’s low in fat and...
Potomac Valley Audubon Society Watershed Education Initiative

Potomac Valley Audubon Society Watershed Education Initiative

Freshwater Institute staff assisted with the “Watershed Education Initiative,” an environmental education program offered by the Potomac Valley Audubon...
Green Infrastructure Plans for West Virginia

Green Infrastructure Plans for West Virginia

Jefferson County, West Virginia, confronts haphazard growth that disrupts normal ecosystem functions and community vitality. The continued protection of the...