Habitat Restoration and Monitoring
Envirotech Consultants, Inc. has considerable experience in designing and planning for the restoration and enhancement of diverse ecosystems for wetland mitigation, stream restoration and stormwater filtration. Our expertise ranges from large-scale prairie restorations to integrated wetland ecosystems. We have completed a variety of habitat restoration from fens and freshwater marshes to barrens and tallgrass prairies. We have experience with the design, implementation, planting and maintenance of a variety of ecosystems. As a supplier of native plant material, the Envirotech Nursery has supplied native prairie and wetland plants for large-scale restoration projects in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan.
Stream restoration involves a number of practices both in the stream channel and within the riparian and floodplain. Envirotech utilizes all possible techniques to implement the most effective restoration methods and has used several techniques, such as the re-creation of riffles and the use of v-weirs to receive dramatic results. Our knowledge of plant material allows us to recreate native riparian and floodplain communities to serve as diverse and ecologically important buffers. Envirotech also has extensive experience in the restoration of wetlands, which can be an integral component of a stream restoration plan.
Mitigation banks are an economically and ecologically feasible method of providing compensatory mitigation for impacts to non-isolated and isolated wetlands under the Clean Water Act and Chapter 6111 of the Ohio Revised Code. Envirotech maintains an excellent working knowledge of banking regulations and guidances, along with professional relationships with state and federal agencies involved in the review and establishment of mitigation banks. Envirotech also manages one of the largest multi-watershed mitigation banking systems in the country. More information about our mitigation banks is located at the www.wetlandsandwatershed.com.
Environmental Education & Natural Resource Planning
Envirotech is committed to the enhancement of environmental and ecological education and has developed large and small-scale "biolab" projects for use in schools and park systems. We are also interested in assisting clients in the development of environmental educational curriculum to fully utilize the educational potential of their site. Envirotech offers environmental and natural resource planning services to assist clients in managing a variety of environmental and resource issues, conducting natural resource inventories, and using the natural features of a property in site planning.
Ecological assessment activities include field investigations for evaluation of habitat quality, rating and categorizing streams and wetlands using the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's ("OEPA") methodology, and determinations of potential impacts to habitat. Site evaluations are routinely conducted for project planning purposes. Comprehensive reports are prepared for client and regulatory agency use. Wetland monitoring includes the evaluation of water quality, wildlife utilization of habitat, plant identification and dispersal, analysis of hydrologic conditions, and overall habitat composition and development. Stream monitoring includes water quality analysis, habitat evaluation using OEPA methodology, and biological assessment.