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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Cheat Mountain Strip Mine Reclamation and Habitat Enhancement
Downstream Strategies and its partners reclaimed over 105 acres of former strip mine property on Cheat Mountain in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest. The former coal mine site suffered from heavily compacted soil that prevented most plants from growing, except for non-native conifers. The goal of the reclamation was to reestablish native red spruce, which provides essential habitat for many species like the West Virginia northern flying squirrel, the federally threatened Cheat Mountain salamander, and the snowshoe hare. Creating healthier, more diverse forests will also improve the health of Shavers Fork by reducing sediment pollution.