Our Team has expertise in stream and wetland restoration, terrestrial and aquatic ecological assessments, construction oversight, permitting, and project management. Our team has a total of over 60 years of combined experience in geomorphic assessment, design and implementation of Natural Channel Projects totaling over 50 miles and over 1,000 acres of wetlands restoration. Our team members are trained and well versed in Natural Channel Design (NCD), including two team members that are Level IV Rosgen certified and have served as instructors in Rosgen courses throughout the country

PROJECT EXPERTISE

    • Site Selection/Evaluation
    • Mitigation Design
    • Mitigation Construction
    • Planting Plans
    • Native Seeding/Planting
    • Mitigation Monitoring
    • Geomorphic Assessments
    • Predicting Mitigation Needs
    • Stream Identification
    • Cost Estimates
    • Conservation Easements
    • EGLE Permitting
    • Local and State Approvals

PORTAGE CREEK DAM REMOVAL AND RESTORATION

The Portage Creek Restoration Project was constructed to restore and protect otherwise fully functional waters located immediately downstream of a designated trout stream. The project improved longitudinal connectivity by removing the dam. It helps balance sediment transport and prevent head cuts that could limit small fish migration. Lateral floodplain connectivity was improved by grading the banks and floodplain area to reduce bank height ratios following the dam removal. Restoration of glides, riffles, inner berms, pools and the addition of wood structures such as toe-wood, brush-toe and woody material incorporated in riffles to increase and improve habitat complexity and spawning habitat.

PETERS CREEK RESTORATION

The Peters Creek Restoration Project reduced ongoing erosion and channel instability as well as served as a Natural Channel Design (NCD) demonstration project in southwest Michigan. NCD techniques were used to obtain the proper pattern, profile and dimension of the stream and utilizing structures with natural wood material to (e.g., toewood, log vanes, log riffle) to assist in meeting design criteria. NCD was used to stabilize the stream which was undergoing significant streambank erosion and channel bottom downcutting prior to the project. To create a stable stream reach, the channel was sized and relocated to meet reference conditions. Bankfull (floodplain) benches were created along the entire restoration stream reach. Other design features included the use of toewood to reduce velocities and near bank shear stress resulting in decreased bank erosion, installation of a j-hook log vane to direct velocity vectors away from the bank, and the construction of log riffle to serve as grade control. The Peters Creek Restoration Project was funded by both the ODC Network’s Project Clarity Initiative and EGLE’s Non-Point Source Program (319) grant funding and is recognized as an EPA success story.

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