For decades’ humans have been manipulating creeks, streams and rivers to our benefit. We discharge treated wastewater and cooling waters into streams. We channelize streams into a straight line to improve drainage and mark property boundaries. We withdraw water from these features for use as drinking water, irrigation water and cooling water
As you might suspect, these activities have significantly impacted all the qualities of the original stream. Many streams in urban and suburban areas are so degraded that they cannot serve as dinking or irrigation water. These streams are also basically devoid of aquatic life because channeling a stream destroys habitat for fish, invertebrates and other aquatic animals.
In the early 70’s, scientific research began to determine how our alteration of natural stream systems was affecting all downstream functions. As the saying goes “We all live downstream”. In today’s environmental regulatory climate, stream restoration is considered a valuable tool for restoring our earth environment.
Emerald Forest performed our first turn key stream restoration in an urban, shopping area in Newport News, VA. Turn key meaning that we performed all the work associated with the restoration including stream diversion and pump around, tree removal, earth work and grading as well as erosion control blanket, instream structures, native planting and seeding. We have completed several other turn key stream projects since 2004. We have also served as the planting and seeding sub-contractor on dozens of other stream projects across the Mid-Atlantic US.
Do you have a stream on your property that has been degraded over the years and needs a retrofit? Are you building a new industrial or retail facility? Would you like to consider stream restoration to mitigate your activities or is it required by your permit?
Feel free to give Emerald Forest a call or shoot us an email and we can review your project and suggest various forms of mitigation and compensation to improve the natural environment and aesthetics of your property.