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