The Mid-Atlantic Stream Conference in Baltimore was a huge success. We would like to thank all of the folks at Resource Institute and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for putting together a great conference. We would also like to thank everyone who attended our workshop on sustainability. For any interested parties who were unable to attend our workshop ( we know spots filled up quickly) a copy of our presentation is located under the “services” tab on our website. If you have questions please email Steve Pawlak at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing everyone at the next stream conference.
Ecotone hosted a Towson University’s Wetland Ecology class at the Wooly Bugger wetland mitigation site. The field visit was paired with the class’s wetland restoration unit and offered insight into practical applications for wetland restoration. On-site, students were introduced to the restoration design approach, wetland restoration considerations, mitigation requirements, and monitoring methods. This was Ecotone’s second time hosting the Wetland Ecology course offered by Towson’s Dr. Beauchamp.
For more information on Ecotone’s Wooly Bugger mitigation site, click here.
For more information on Towson University's Wetland Ecology classes, click here.
Update - January 2015
Ecotone is nearing completion of the first ever Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) design-build stream restoration project. Grading operations will be completed in early February, and planting will follow in the spring. Highlights of this project, which will stabilize over 3,800 linear feet of the Upper Little Patuxent River, can be seen here.
Stream Restoration Foreman: pdf
Ecotone, Inc. is looking for a stream restoration foreman to join our growing team. Ecotone’s Construction Division specializes in stream restoration, wetland construction, stormwater renovation, as well as providing design, environmental consulting, and ecosystem credit services.
Summary: The Stream Restoration Foreman will manage heavy equipment operators and landscape crews, coordinate grading and installation of stream structures, and communicate with inspectors, designers, and subcontractors.
opportunities for growth and career advancement. Travel is required.
Forward resume and cover letter to: email@example.com
Scott McGill & Brian Bartell present at the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference in Baltimore
In North Carolina news, Albemarle Restorations, LLC has been awarded contracts for the design and implementation of wetland and stream restoration plans in the Chowan and Tar-Pamlico River Basins. These projects, are part of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources Ecosystem Enhancement Program (EEP). The EEP develops River Basin Restoration Priorities (RBRP) by delineating specific local watersheds that exhibit both the need and opportunity for wetland, stream and riparian buffer restoration.
A 345 acre property near Merchants Mill Pond State Park has been selected for its wetland and riparian restoration opportunity in the Bennetts Creek watershed (Chowan Basin). Albemarle Restorations, LLC proposes restoration of 22 acres of non-riparian wetlands on this site that was previously ditched and drained for agricultural production. The primary objective is to restore the site to a wetland complex
representative of the surrounding Hardwood Flats and Non-Riverine Swamp Forest wetland communities.
The plan calls for minimal grading to lower the elevation, fill existing drainage ditches, install ditch plugs at outlets, and remove field crowns. The overall concept has been designed to restore a hydrologic regime similar to that found in the nearby reference wetlands. Existing hydric soils and large woody debris will be utilized on-site and native species will be planted to provide habitat and a food source for wildlife. The resulting project will improve water quality, hydrology, and terrestrial wildlife and anadromous fish habitat. Plans are nearing completion and construction of this project is slated to begin in July 2014.
Located 90 miles to the south in Beaufort County, is the Chocowinity Creek Watershed in the Tar-Pamlico River Basin. Albemarle Restorations, LLC proposes to restore 2,700 linear feet of natural headwater streams that were cleared and channelized for agriculture production. The plan calls for conversion of the channelized reaches to more stable sinuous stream types with broad connected floodplains. Stream banks and adjacent areas will be stabilized, seeded with a native wetland seed mix, and planted with woody vegetation. Construction of this project is anticipated to begin in Fall 2014.
Detailed maintenance, monitoring, and long-term management plans will be in place to ensure success of these projects, and the properties will be protected through recorded conservation easements. It is anticipated that the transition from degraded stream channels surrounded by agricultural fields to restored headwater streams and wetland complexes will help to improve water quality, enhance wildlife habitat and downstream fishery nursery areas, reduce downstream flooding, and increase recreational opportunities.
Spear headed by one of our Project Managers, Sean McDonough, the first phase of Ecotone's nursery was constructed last year and is flourishing. The new addition is almost ready for plants as we eagerly await spring's arrival.
Sean's vast knowledge and passion for plant cultivation, specifically with bioengineering material, allows him to oversee the company's landscaping and planting related services. Sean coordinates and manages ordering, cultivation, harvesting, installation and maintenance of all restoration plant materials.
Aiding and Abetting Bad Behavior
The Chesapeake Bay is not only an essential natural resource for Maryland, but also for the United States. It is a recognized national treasure. Here in our great State, we’ve taken on this moral imperative by making a commitment to restore the Bay and ensure that it’s an economically and ecologically viable resource for our children and our grandchildren. We have made these commitments in partnership with the other jurisdictions of the Bay’s watershed.
Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and the federal government are, together, committed to restoring and protecting our nation’s largest estuary.
Despite the pressures that come with population growth and the challenges of economic crises, we have made great progress in conserving thousands of acres of land, reducing levels of harmful nutrient pollution, providing farmers with millions of dollars to implement water quality protection practices. But we still have more work to do.
Now, our years of hard work and partnership efforts are being challenged and threatened by other states objecting to what we have done and plan to do to preserve and protect the Chesapeake Bay.
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What is one to do during the coldest winter in memory when everyone is stuck inside? Well Ecotone tried something new and different, as least for us – promote a bike race on the property. On January 19th, Ecotone and Fast Forward Racing hosted a 5k run and a 4 hour cross bike relay. Participants in the 5k were encouraged to race with their dogs, which was a really fun twist. All in all, over 150 brave souls made the trek to Forest Hill for a fun day of racing and spending time with friends. Rich Berkey and Chris Kidd constructed some pretty cool berms and obstacles for the runner and bikers to negotiate. Steve Pawlak has a growing DJ business and he was kind enough to MC the vent to provide racers with great music all day. There is nothing quite like racing around a muddy course to Black Sabbath’s War Pig. We hope to make it an annual event so if you missed it, theres always next year.
Ecotone has joined forces with the Harford Soil Conservation District (SCD) in the design and implementation of stream restoration, wetland restoration, and forest buffer planting projects aimed at providing nutrient (nitrogen and phosphorus) reductions in the Chesapeake Bay watershed with funding through the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund.
The Fund, administered by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, was created to provide important funding tools targeting water quality, and watershed restoration and protection projects to reduce non-point source pollution to the Chesapeake Bay.
The Harford SCD has identified more than a dozen potential projects throughout Harford County, with an overall project goal of providing approximately 10,000 linear feet of stream restoration, 10 acres of wetland restoration, and 10 acres of forest buffer planting over the next two years.
Since 2010, Ecotone, Inc. has worked with Harford County Soil Conservation District (HSCD) and agricultural and rural landowners on designing and implementing conservation practices within the Deer Creek watershed in support of the Deer Creek Watershed Restoration Strategy (WRAS). While being the largest watershed in Harford County and dominated by rural landscapes, Deer Creek is
listed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as a stronghold watershed containing the highest populations of threatened and endangered species including brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis), the bog turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii), and the Maryland Darter (Etheostoma sellare).
The WRAS was developed by the Harford County Department of Planning and Zoning in 2005 with the primary goal to protect water quality, conserve fish and wildlife habitats, and restore areas found to be impaired. With combined efforts from Ecotone, HSCD, and more recently Trout Unlimited, these impaired areas continued to be identified in agricultural properties where sensitive species such as brook trout and their habitat are in need of restoration and/or protection. Using funding from the WRAS, Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, USDA Farm Bill programs such as Environmental Quality Improvement Program, and Wetland Habitat Improvement Program, HSCD has implemented multiple restoration projects consisting of stream restoration and bank stabilization, wetland restoration, shallow water development, and riparian buffer planting.
This past year, Ecotone designed and constructed five of these restoration projects totaling 1,400 linear feet of stream restoration and close to two acres of wetland restoration. More recently, HSCD has been awarded a $2.6 million grant from DNR through the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays Trust Fund to implement 1.9 miles of stream restoration, 10 acres of wetland restoration and 20 acres of riparian buffer tree and shrub planting by July 2015 on selected sites within the Deer Creek watershed.
The proposed work will further progress the goals and objectives outlined in the WRAS by restoring sensitive species habitats but also help the agricultural sector meet the lurking water quality requirements of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) by reducing nutrient and sediment loads entering the receiving waters of the Deer Creek watershed. Trout Unlimited and Ecotone will continue to work with HSCD on identifying and prioritizing key areas within the the Deer Creek watershed in hope to fund and implement future restoration projects.
These photos were taken in late December 2013 of Dick Falls, a small tributary to Little Gunpowder Falls in Kingsville, Maryland.