Hal Wiggins

Harold “Hal” Wiggins is a nationally-known author and naturalist. Most of his professional career was spent as an environmental scientist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Fredericksburg Field Office. Wiggins was instrumental in the Corps’ decision to remove the Embrey Dam on the Rappahannock River in 2004, thereby restoring upstream access to migratory fish, like herring, shad and striped bass. During his career, Hal put more than 10,000-acres of wetlands, streams, riparian buffers, Civil War battlefields, and archaeological sites in preservation, including Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve. When not exploring area rivers, Wiggins is often found these days at his River Gallery art studio in Fredericksburg.

Hal Wiggins Transcript

Early involvement with Friends of the Rappahannock
Biographical Details
Early environmental activism in the Fredericksburg area
ODU and influence of professors
Work with wetlands, early career
Work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Work with historic properties
Early discussions about removing Embrey Dam
Public support for dam removal
Solving the regional water supply problem
Dealing with regional development
Real estate and silt issues
Historic preservation
Advocates for dam removal and Crow's Nest
Personal Philosophy
Political impacts on Corps policy
Long-term effects of Embrey Dam removal
Current and future projects