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Stream Restoration

Many factors contribute to stream bank erosion and instability, including increased upstream development, poor agricultural practices, and destruction of the riparian buffer. Sometimes stream degradation gradually worsens over a period of many years, while other times a major storm event can severely damage a reach over a period of just…

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Stream and Wetland Delineation

Accurate assessment of sensitive areas is critical to project success. Whether you’re a conservation-minded developer, a private homeowner, or in the market for a piece of land, it’s imperative to know if there are jurisdictional streams or wetlands on the property. In most scenarios you cannot build within wetlands or streams, or their…

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Stream and wetland restoration is becoming increasingly essential in the ongoing quest to balance anthropogenic development and the resulting impacts to the environment. The construction of roads and communities often negatively impacts wetlands, streams and other critical habitat for plants and animals, resulting in overall environmental degradation over time. Construction may also result…

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Dutch Creek Project Video

Brushy Fork Environmental assisted Blue Ridge Conservancy with the Dutch Creek Project at Valle Crucis Park by designing, permitting and constructing the restoration. This will allow for enhanced recreation access to Dutch Creek as well as a vegetated buffer of native trees and shrubs to stabilize banks and provide shade…

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What is Natural Channel Stream Design?

Natural Channel Design (NCD) is a method of stream restoration accomplished by restoring the dimension, pattern, and/or profile of a degraded stream system by emulating natural, stable conditions. NCD was created as an environmentally sound alternative to traditional hard-armoring  or channel straightening which does little to address the underlying cause…

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