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Ecotone in the News
North Carolina Stream and Wetland Restoration Projects
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, which are in their final stages of review, are part of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources Ecosystem Enhancement Program (EEP). Read the full story here!
Restoring & Preserving the Deer Creek Watershed
Ecotone, Inc. has been working with Harford County Soil Conservation District (HSCD) since 2010 on the design and implementation of conservation practices within the Deer Creek watershed. These efforts are in support of the Deer Creek Watershed Restoration Strategy (WRAS) which was developed to protect water quality, conserve fish and wildlife habitats, and restore impaired areas.
Ecotone has designed and/or constructed stream and wetland restoration projects on 20 properties in the the watershed under this contract. Over the next two years, additional projects will be completed with funding through the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund. The proposed work will not only help meet the WRAS goals, but it will also help the agricultural sector meet Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) requirements by reducing nutrient and sediment loads entering the receiving waters of the Deer Creek watershed.
Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal
Bays Trust Fund
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 with funding through the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund. For more details, please see our Blog.
Upper Little Patuxent Design-Build
Update - January 2014
Ecotone, as the prime contractor, is working closely with JMT, Inc., a Hunt Valley based engineering firm on first ever Maryland State Highway Adminstration (SHA) stream restoration project. The final design of this project, which will stabilize over 3,800 linear feet of the Upper Little Patuxent River, is nearing completion. Construction is scheduled for the Sring of 2014. Please see our Blog for more details.
Ecotone Teams with EDC, Inc. on Hollywood Branch Stream Restoration
Updated - January 2014
Ecotone, thru its project partner EDC, will be constructing the stream restoration components of the Hollywood Branch stream restoration project, sponsored by the MD State Highway Administration. Construction of the multi-million dollar project is scheduled to start in the Spring of 2014.
Restoration Work in Progress
Ecotone is currently working the Center for Watershed Protection (CWP) on several innovative and sustainable bioretention projects in the Central Maryland region. The latest project is a bioretention/
raingarden at the Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County, MD. The project will treat stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces. Ecotone is working with the CWP and the high school to incorporate students into the planting component of the project.
Highpoint CX Team Relay
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. Check out a few photos here.
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.
Results of the race are posted here.
Ecotone & Towson University
Wooly Bugger Restoration Site
Sean McDonough (in photo above), Caroline Stanley, and Scott McGill met with 16 students from Towson University at the Wooly Bugger restoration site in Hereford, MD on November 22, 2013. The students are currently taking Dr. Vanessa Beauchamp's Wetland Ecology class. We had a wonderful afternoon discussing the wetland restoration project, legacy sediments, and wetland seed banks.
Ecotone Presents at the 2013
Mid-Atlantic Stream Restoration Conference in Baltimore
Scott McGill and Brian Bartell presented at the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Stream Conference, held in Baltimore, MD October 30-November 1, 2013. Bartell’s paper, entitled The Carbon Consideration – What Role Does Atmospheric Carbon Play in Stream Restoration Decision-Making, and How Much Should It?, can be viewed here. Scott McGill’s presentation, entitled Constructability, Cost Effectiveness, and Sustainability of Stream Restoration Methods and Practices; A Contractor’s Perspective, can be viewed here.
Chris Kidd and Keith Gussler of Ecotone's Construction Division installing the Great Mills High School Bioretention facility in St. Mary's County, MD November 2013