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.
We complete quality, ecologically-sound restoration projects for local and state government clients, nonprofits, mitigation bankers, and private clients.
- 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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Sutton West Fork Bank Stabilization
Downstream Strategies oversaw construction of this project, which stabilized an eroding streambank along the West Fork River near West Milford, West Virginia. The removal of a downstream dam had created more natural flow in the West Fork, but over the 100 years that the dam was in place, large gravel and cobble were deposited from a tributary of the West Fork feeding into the slow-moving water created by the dam. When the river returned to its lower level, the deposited material directed high flows toward one streambank, causing erosion and loss of riparian vegetation. Downstream Strategies and its partner stabilized the streambank with large tree root balls, regraded the steep bank, and planted native trees and shrubs. To complement the nearby landowners’ efforts to create a food-producing orchard, species used in the riparian area include native nut trees, pawpaw, native plum, and persimmon trees.