Ecosystem Restoration Professionals
Providing Design, Construction & Ecosystem Credits
Ecotone, Inc., a Maryland Corporation founded in 1998, is one of few companies that provides full delivery ecosystem restoration services including design, consulting, and construction throughout the United States. Our unique blend of multidisciplinary staff consisting of ecologists, geomorphologists, landscape architects, and construction specialists (to name a few) has over 95 years of experience in all aspects of ecosystem restoration. Through design, construction, and ecosystem credits, we strive to negate existing and future impacts on the natural environment. We understand the importance of ecotones between natural and man made environments and embrace the opportunity to restore and preserve their function and integrity. We pride ourselves on the ability to provide these services at a competitive price to a diverse group of clients; including public and private developers, landowners, governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
News & Spotlight
Murray Run Stream Restoration
Ecotone heads south to the great Commonwealth of Virginia to restore a 1,250foot reach of Murray Run. The stream is experiencing significant lateral migration and channel incision as a result of excessive shear stress to the stream bed and banks. The Murry Run project is funded through private funds and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s Stormwater Local Assistance Fund. The proposed actions for restoration include new channel design, floodplain connection as well as grade control structures such as J-Hooks and rock sills. Once construction is complete the stream banks and riparian buffer areas will be planted with deep rooting grasses and live stakes to provide additional bank stability.
Ecotone Staff and Crew
At Ecotone, we are fortunate to have a great staff and crew who are passionate about promoting and helping save the environment. As we continue to grow and expand, we would like the acknowledge and remember that we wouldn't be here with out all of our great people.
Check out some of our great staff on our "Who We Are" page.
Mill Brook Stream Restoration
Earlier this year, Ecotone started restoring multiple sections of Mill Book located here in Harford County, MD. The stream is located on a local dairy farm and has been exhibiting signs of accelerated bed and bank erosion, and meander migration. The streams will be stabilized by realigning portions of the stream channel and installing stabilization measures which include bioengineering practices. Structural stabilization measures consist of installing toewood on meander bends to add roughness and reduce sheer stress. The stream restoration project was designed in collaboration with the famer to ensure the farm’s daily operational needs were met and enhanced. In-stream ford crossings will be installed to allow livestock access to pastures. Electric fences will be installed to restrict livestock access to the stream channel. Soil stabilization matting, warm season grasses, shrub and tree plantings will accompany the structures to provide additional stability, shade and improved aquatic habitat. This project is funded through the Harford Soil Conservation District as part of the Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund.
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MDQI Conference and Awards Banquet
Ecotone Wins Green Sustainability Environmental Award
Ecotone, along with JMT, was awarded the Green Sustainability Environmental Award for our Upper Little Patuxent Stream Restoration Project. The Ecotone and JMT team provided design, permitting and construction for Maryland’s first design-build stream restoration project. The restoration of the Upper Little Patuxent River emphasized water quality improvements, increased flood attenuation, and significantly reduced the amount of sediment and nutrients to downstream waters. To accomplish these objectives, Ecotone/JMT implemented a highly connected stream and lower floodplain wetland system that directly removed the highly-erodible and nutrient-rich sediments, which have impaired the valley bottom and created a highly incised stream channel. This geomorphically-stable solution resulted from a more frequent hydraulic connection to bankfull and higher flows, increased flood flow attenuation, reduced shear stresses, increased vegetative stability, and improved water quality. In total over 4,000 feet of stream were restored and an additional 3.5 acres of wetlands were created as a part of this project.
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Quarterly Meeting at Dejon Vineyards.
Our first quarterly meeting was a huge success and a lot of fun. Big thanks to the Ecotone staff, DeJon Vineyards and Paul's Pork and Prime for helping to make it great!