Loss of Fluvial Process Function Impacts Habitat and Biological Communities
Channel modification and habitat degradation are considered the greatest impairments to water quality. Many streams have lost their ability to support functions such as providing critical habitat, recreation, drinking water supply, and flood control by impacts to the balance of sediment and discharge relationship.
Our Restoration biologists at EnviroScience employ a multidisciplinary approach of fluvial systems that allows for assessment, design and implementation of restoration projects. We use proven restoration methods to revitalize degraded systems or improve existing conditions. Our experience with aquatic communities lends itself to a unique approach to stream restoration projects. Understanding the habitat requirements of individual species promotes successful restoration projects that meet project objectives.
Stream Habitat: Available Habitat is a Key Limiting Factor for Species Diversity
Assessing stream habitat is an important step in biomonitoring and restoration projects. EnviroScience has a decade of experience evaluating in-stream and riparian habitat. EnviroScience can evaluate stream habitat from small headwater streams to major river systems like the Allegheny and Ohio rivers. Our biologists use underwater video and GIS/GPS mapping in conjunction with standard evaluation forms such as Qualitative Habitat Evaluation (QHEI) to provide both a visual and descriptive analysis of project area habitat.
Our biologists can assess stream habitat through several innovative methods, including:
- GIS/GPS mapping
- Rosgen Stream Classification
- Aquatic and shoreline vegetative surveys
- SCUBA surveys
- Bottom contour mapping
- Bottom typing using hydroacoustics
- Underwater video
- Habitat assessment forms (per state / federal regulatory agency)
- Construction of Living Shorelines
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