Ecotone, as prime contractor, is working closely with JMT, Inc., a Hunt Valley based engineering firm on the first ever Maryland State Highway (SHA) Design-Build stream restoration project. The final design is nearing completion with construction scheduled for the Spring of 2014.
The Design-Build Team proposes an environmentally sensitive approach to restoring and stabilizing over 3,800 linear feet of the Upper Little Patuxent River. The proposed design will reconnect the stream to its floodplain eliminating the highly erodible, vertical banks thus reducing sediment and nutrient pollution within the project reach. The proposed floodplain will be planted with a variety of native herbaceous, shrub and tree species that are adapted to wetter areas, thus creating an extensive riparian wetland community.
The Design-Build Team has been working closely with SHA through the partnering process to ensure that the goals of the project are met while protecting the diverse environmental, community and cultural resources, and minimizing the impacts to the natural and forest areas.
The result will be a self-sustaining stream and riparian system providing increased floodplain functions, long term channel stability, ecological uplift, and improved water quality to the Patuxent River Basin. The nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment load reductions accrued from this project will also contribute to meeting the Chesapeake Bay and Little Patuxent River Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) allocations.