Envirotech has considerable experience in designing and planning for the restoration and enhancement of diverse ecosystems for wetland mitigation, stream restoration and water quality (stormwater) filtration. Our expertise ranges from integrated wetland ecosystems to prairie restorations to stream restorations. Wetland restoration projects have included fens, emergent and forested wetlands and wet/sedge meadows. Prairie restoration projects have primarily represented tallgrass prairies, with shortgrass prairies and prairie barrens restored in appropriate settings. Stream restoration comprises work in the stream channel, riparian zone and floodplain. Envirotech’s stream restoration projects have utilized natural design principles including the installation of riffles and v-weirs to achieve stable stream channels and improve in-stream habitat. Stream restoration projects include restoration of native riparian and floodplain communities to serve as diverse and ecologically important buffers.
Mitigation banks are an economically and ecologically feasible method of providing compensatory mitigation for unavoidable impacts to non-isolated and isolated wetlands under the Clean Water Act and Chapter 6111 of the Ohio Revised Code. Envirotech assists in the management of a large multi-watershed mitigation banking system. More information about these mitigation banks is located at www.wetlandsandwatershed.com, as is information on the Reuthinger Agricultural Mitigation Bank developed with the financial assistance of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for the exclusive use of agricultural producers that need to maintain eligibility or resolve compliance issues under the wetland conservation provisions of the Food Security Act.
Environmental Education & Natural Resource Planning
Envirotech is committee to the enhancement of environmental and ecological education and has developed biolab projects for use in schools and park systems. Envirotech also offers environmental and natural resource planning services that assist clients in conducting natural resource inventories and using the natural features of a property in project planning.
Ecological assessment activities include field investigations for evaluation of habitat quality, categorizing streams and wetlands using OEPA methodology, and recommendations on avoiding potential impacts to habitat. Site evaluations are routinely conducted as the first stage in project planning. Wetland monitoring of restored habitats includes the evaluation of water quality, wildlife utilization of habitat, plant identification and dispersal, analysis of hydrologic conditions, and overall habitat composition and development. Monitoring of restored stream habitats includes water quality analysis, habitat evaluation and biological assessment.