Stream and Wetland Restoration

Our stream and wetland restoration program is committed to improving streams, wetlands, and other degraded habitats to filter pollutants, reduce erosion, protect drinking water sources, and provide critical habitat areas for valuable plants and wildlife.

Downstream Strategies provides full-service environmental consulting and innovative solutions from start to finish for low-risk, successful stream and wetland restoration projects. Our team brings experience in grant writing, natural stream design, wetland science, construction management, and multidisciplinary science planning to handle any project from funding to fruition. Many of our stream and wetland restoration projects incorporate long-term monitoring to ensure ongoing success.

We complete quality, ecologically-sound restoration projects for local and state government clients, nonprofits, mitigation bankers, and private clients.

Our services include:
  • Grant writing
  • Stream and wetland assessment and delineation
  • Restoration planning, design, budgeting, and permit compliance
  • Implementation and construction
  • Long-term monitoring and reporting

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Hillcrest Wildlife Management Area Stream and Wetland Restoration Project

The North, South, and Middle forks of Tomlinson Run flow through the Hillcrest Wildlife Management Area in Hancock County, West Virginia. Long ago, the streams were straightened and wetlands drained for agriculture. This caused the streams to form gullies that cut them off from the floodplain, increasing erosion and reducing habitat for fish, bugs, birds, and amphibians. The restoration design for this project included innovative ideas for recreating natural meanders by constructing a pattern of riffles and pools based on patterns found nearby in undisturbed areas. Over 13,000 feet of restored stream and 26 acres of improved wetlands now absorb and filter pollution and provide great wildlife habitat.