Ecological Restoration

Ecological Restoration

Ecological restoration and water resource solutions delivered by the RES team involve a specific land-based restorative activity. RES comprehensive turnkey ecological restoration supply beginswith project design and continues from build through project monitoring and ongoing stewardship. From ecological construction and stream restoration projects to shoreline plantings and stabilization, RES monitors and manages project sites through site preparation, hydrologic and soil manipulation, selective restorative vegetative plantings and invasive species control. Our environmental stewardship efforts have resulted in excellent survivorship rates and delivered outstanding ecological success.

Capabilities

  • Ecological Construction
  • Stream Restoration
  • Low Impact Development
  • Ponds, Lakes & Dams
  • Shoreline Stabilization

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Ecological Construction

Ecological Construction combines heavy construction operation with careful navigation ofenvironmentally sensitive areas. Delicate yet dynamic in nature, these projectsrequire a highlevel of implementation precision and knowledge of aquatic ecosystems, both of which arefound at RES.

Services

  • Site Grading and Preparation
  • Hydrologic Manipulation
  • In Channel Construction
  • Riparian Zone Restoration
  • Stream Restoration 

Stream Restoration

More than any other ecological construction project, stream restoration demands precision. Construction must be exact in every detail to meet the natural challenges of stream channel movement, persistent erosive forces, and periodic flooding. Given an incorrect angle, a rock vane can increase a stream’s erosive effects upon the opposite bank, while too much of a gap between stones in a flow control structure can result in its degradation and collapse.

For stream restoration projects, RES applies both Rosgen natural channel design and floodplain approaches, rigorous oversight, and years of experience to achieve precise results. In addition, because we own small and more maneuverable equipment, we are able to preserve as much existing forest as possible within a stream corridor. These machines also have smaller buckets and arms to increase the degree of our precision during installation. These lighter machines allow us to reduce overall impact to stream corridors, while crossing streams easily on temporary bridges.

Stream Restoration Services

  • Streambed Reconstruction
  • Channel Realignment
  • Installation of In-Stream Structures, such as:
    • Step Pool Stormwater Conveyance (SPSC)
    • Riffle Grade Controls
    • Rock & Log Vanes
    • J-Hooks
    • Imbricated Rip Rap
    • Rootwads
    • Coir Logs
    • Live Fascines
  • Infrastructure / Utility Protection

Low Impact Development

The use of Low Impact Development (LID) design is increasing significantly across the country.LID seeks to manage stormwater by maintaining or restoring natural hydrologic function onsite. More and more often, developers are required to include LID features in their projects, yet potential complications such as expensive retrofits or dead biofilters have earned these projects a negative reputation. The RES team has over 17 years of experience constructing LID projects that really work.

RES LID projects have ranged in size and scope from small, urban projects to expansive commercial facilities. We have the knowledge to correctly install complex designs, including those involving level spreaders, under-drain systems, observation wells, and cleanouts. We collaborate extensively with other designers to optimize their plans,ensuring lasting integrity and minimal maintenance costs. We also renovate LID facilities that have been installed incorrectly by contractors without proper experience.

Low Impact Development Projects

  • Bioretention Units / Raingardens
  • Sand Filters
  • Grass Swales
  • Wetland-Enhanced Stormwater Management Ponds
  • Infiltration Trenches

Ponds, Lakes & Dams

RES builds and maintains ponds, lakes, and dams to combine healthy plant and animal habitats with natural beauty. Our construction teams, along with our in-house designers and fisheries biologists, know how to provide the delicate, behind-the-scenes care to maximize a pond or lake’s structural function, recreation potential, and aesthetic appeal.

Ponds, Lakes & Dams Services

  • Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance / Coastal Plain Outfall Installation
  • Dam & Embankment Repair
  • Infrastructure Replacement (Riser & Piping)
  • Outfall & Spillway Retrofit
  • Dredging

Shoreline Stabilization

Coastal shoreline is under constant attack by erosive forces, from tides and wave activity to harsh storms, including hurricanes. Shoreline preservation requires careful maintenance and design, along with an understanding of how to work in delicate habitats during changing tidal conditions.

RES’s construction team understands the physical components of aquatic habitats and the effects of erosion. We focus on points where our structures tie in with the existing grade and ensure that structures are built and anchored for integrity in the roughest conditions. Our experience also includes living-shoreline techniques, and we work with a number of different stabilization materials and manufactured shoreline products.

Shoreline Stabilization Projects

  • Nonstructural/Living Shoreline Projects: Installation of coir logs, beach replenishment, or marsh creation
  • Structural Projects: Installation of stone structures, bulkheads, revetments, or stone reinforcement
  • Hybrid Projects: Marsh creation in combination with the installation of stone groins or sills; beach replenishment with breakwaters; or marsh creation with edge stabilization or coir fiber log reinforcement

Contact

George Kelly
Phone: 410.568.2746
Email: gkelly@res.us

Contact

Tim Moritz
Phone: 412.337.0833
Email: tmoritz@res.us

Contact

George Kelly
Phone: 410.568.2746
Email: gkelly@res.us

Contact

Tim Moritz
Phone: 412.337.0833
Email: tmoritz@res.us

Contact

Tim Moritz
Phone: 412.337.0833
Email: tmoritz@res.us

Contact

Tim Moritz
Phone: 412.337.0833
Email: tmoritz@res.us

Contact

Tim Moritz
Phone: 412.337.0833
Email: tmoritz@res.us

Contact

Aaron Revere
Phone: 804.687.6316
Email: arevere@res.us

Many parts of Louisiana are losing wetlands at an alarming rate of 3.9 square miles per year. In Louisiana, RES is a leader in supply of wetland offsets. We deliver offset solutions for large project sites and linear projects, including those crossing regulatory jurisdictions. RES works closely with landowners to supply ecological offsets to permittees operating in and transporting from the Haynesville Shale to waiting markets. From wetland mitigation banks to custom, turnkey sites, our proactive approach helps permittees reserve project mitigation before permitting, leading to timely permits, reduced operational risk and lower mitigation costs.

Notable Accomplishments

  • Restored over 16,500 wetland acres
  • Provided ecological offset solutions for Louisiana’s most active watersheds
  • Created the nursery at Pointe Aux Chenes, the Gulf Coast’s largest commercial provider of restorative, native vegetation, grasses and plants used for marsh, dune and barrier island restoration
  • Supplied over 70% of wetland offsets supporting Haynesville Shale development
  • Delivered offset solutions for complex projects throughout all Louisiana wetland habitats 

Contact

Justin Ardoin
Phone: 337.443.6934
Email: jardoin@res.us

Pointe Aux Chene

  • County: Terrebonne
  • Wetland Acres: 524
  • Stream LF: 0

Contact

Justin Ardoin
Phone: 337.443.6934
Email: jardoin@res.us

In South Carolina, RES provides wetland, stream, and endangered species solutions. 

Notable Accomplishments

  • Helped permit the Waccamaw Wetland Mitigation Bank in record time—just 18 months—through collaboration with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Restored and protected 495 acres in the Enoree River Basin
  • Protected 754 acres with the Waccamaw Wetland Mitigation Bank
  • Preserved 375.5 acres of Carolina Bay
  • Preserved 811 acres of Carolina Heelsplitter habitat

Contact

George Walker
Phone: 843.735.0066
Email: gwalker@res.us

North Carolina is home to more than 40 different types of wetlands—including saltwater, brackish tidal, and freshwater wetlands. As such, North Carolina has established many programs to protect riparian buffers and reduce nutrients. RES was one of the earliest ecological offset providers to work in North Carolina.

Notable Accomplishments

  • Worked the Neu-Con Umbrella Bank, one of the first approved wetland and stream mitigation banks in North Carolina
  • Collaborated with landowners and farm families to restore and preserve approximately 57 miles of stream and 2,000 acres of wetlands in North Carolina
  • Restored 5,299 linear feet of stream and 4.44 acres of wetlands in the North Fork Mountain Creek project

Contact

Cara Conder
Phone: 919.209.1052
Email: cconder@res.us

Notable Accomplishments

  • Sponsored a 400-acre wetland mitigation bank on Chickahominy River, Virginia
  • Established a 545-acre wetland mitigation bank in the Lower James Watershed

Contact

Claire Wolanski
Phone: 804.591.4060
Email: cwolanski@res.us

Since its explosive growth in the 1940s, Maryland lost approximately 60,000 acres of ecologically diverse wetlands. RES works with the Maryland Department of the Environment among other state and federal agencies to restore, recreate, and enhance these lost wetlands. 

Notable Accomplishments

  • Restored 60.6 acres of wetlands in the Irvine Nature Center with a stream, riparian buffer, and nutrient offset component

RES was the first to offer commercial off-the-shelf offset solutions for stream crossing and wetland impacts throughout Pennsylvania. In addition to supplying the first mitigation-banking instrument approved in Pennsylvania, RES launched a statewide instrument that streamlines approvals of additional locations as mitigation banking sites in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Notable Accomplishments

  • Restored 195,000 linear feet of degraded streams throughout Pennsylvania

Contact

Jon Kasitz
Phone: 717.371.6797
Email: jon@res.us

Somerset Township, Pennsylvania

  • County: Somerset Township

Contact

Jon Kasitz
Phone: 717.371.6797
Email: jon@res.us

Largely dominated by the Appalachian Mountains, the biggest challenge in West Virginia is supporting economic growth while mitigating impact to one of the most biologically diverse mountain ecosystems on the continent. We provide proactive, innovative stream mitigation solutions for operators and developers to obtain permits from multiple state and federal regulatory agencies.

Notable Accomplishments

  • Restored 3,485 linear feet of stream and 46.61 acres of wetlands in the Meadow River Stream project
  • Restored 3,073 linear feet of stream and 15.82 acres of wetland in the Tygart Valley River watershed for the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources

Contact

Kevin Roush
Phone: 304.981.7003
Email: kroush@res.us

Contact

Tim Moritz
Phone: 412.337.0833
Email: tmoritz@res.us

In Texas, RES supplies offset solutions for projects along the East Texas Corridor, where hydrocarbons are delivered to processing plants in Pasadena, Baytown, Mont Belvieu, Beaumont and Port Arthur. In northeast Texas, RES supplies mitigation solutions for development of interstate oil pipelines, residential communities, oilfields, and highway and water reservoir projects.

Notable Accomplishments

  • Protecting over 2,500 acres in Texas through conservation easements

Contact

Kari Sutton
Phone: 281.254.7178
Email: ksutton@res.us