Laurie Fowler

Senior Public Service Associate Emeritus
Graduate Program Faculty


J.D. – University of Georgia, School of Law
L.L.M. – University of Washington, School of Law


Laurie Fowler is on the Conservation Ecology faculty. She is on the Water Resources faculty and holds adjunct status in the UGA School of Law.

Research Interests

Research Interests

Federal, state, and local environmental protection laws and policies; watershed protection strategies, growth management open space preservation, land use planning; conservation easements; environmental justice; citizen participation; service learning. Programs that integrate the latest scientific research with development of management policies to protect water quality and biodiversity. These include coordinating the development of the Etowah Aquatic Habitat Conservation Plan, drafting the implementation piece for multi-jurisdictional plans to protect the Alcovy River in Georgia and the Upper Cahaba River in Alabama, developing greenspace protection plans for several urban and rural Georgia counties, overseeing the development of local land use laws and polices to restore impaired waters in the Altamaha watershed, and advising state government agencies on greenspace and wetlands protection.

Research Projects

Overseeing service learning projects involving ecology, law, environmental design and other graduate students working with stakeholders in specific Georgia river basins to protect critical natural resources. Past projects include developing a coastal riparian buffer model ordinance and guidance manual, researching financing mechanisms for septic system management, developing the framework for a regional river conservation organization on the Upper Etowah River, drafting conservation subdivision and transferable development rights legislation at the state and local level, drafting conservation easements to protect riverfront land.

Selected Publications

Wenger. S., Carter, T, Vick, A and Fowler, L. Runoff Limits: An ecologically-based stormwater management program.” Stormwater.

Fowler, L. (editor and coauthor). 2007. Aquatic Etowah Habitat Conservation Plan. Athens, GA: University of Georgia.

Tippins. D., Thomson, N., Butler, M., Fowler, L., & Lawrence, M. (Eds.). 2006. Environmental dilemmas in Georgia: Considering alternative solutions. (National Science Foundation). Athens, GA: Partnership for Reform in Mathematics and Science Education.

Dreelin, E., Fowler, L. & Carroll, R. 2005. “A test of porous pavement effectiveness on clay soils during natural storm events.” Water Research .

Wenger, S., Freeman, M., Carter, T. & Fowler, L. 2005. “Using runoff limits to protect imperiled fish species.” Proceedings of the 2005 Georgia Water Resource Conference. Athens, GA: University of Georgia.

Fowler, L. 2005. “Linking Conservation in the Classroom with the Community.” A case study for Principles of Conservation Biology, 3rd edition, companion website at

Fowler, L. 2004. An Analysis of Existing Development and Land Use Policies Affecting Upper Cahaba Watershed Health. Report for the Upper Cahaba Consortium. Ann Arbor, MI: Limno-Tech.

Nelson, N., Dorfman, J. & Fowler. L. 2002. The Potential for Community Forests to be Self-Financing: An Hedonic Study of Georgia’s Trees. Report for the Georgia Forestry Commission. Athens, GA: University of Georgia.

Nelson, N. & Fowler, L. 2002. A Primer on Conservation Easements and Greenspace for the Property Tax Division of the Georgia Department of Revenue. Athens, GA: University of Georgia.

Nelson, N., Fowler, L. & Dreelin, E. 2002. A Review and Recommendations for the Administrative Framework for Nutrient Trading in Lake Lanier. Report for the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Athens, GA: University of Georgia.