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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Nathaniel Mountain Wildlife Management Area Stream Restoration Project

Downstream Strategies designed, constructed, and monitored a fish passage stream restoration project in the Nathaniel Mountain Wildlife Management Area near Moorefield, West Virginia. A tributary of the North River had the potential to provide excellent habitat for native brook trout; however, access to the habitat was inhibited by a blocked culvert that caused an unstable roadway and stream. The restoration team designed a drivable ford to replace the culvert while allowing fish to move upstream through the restored habitat. The stream is now stable, fish and other aquatic organisms are seen in the constructed pools, and visitors can safely and easily pass through the area.