Stream & Wetland Mitigation
Unavoidable impacts to streams, wetlands, and rare species from development activities may require mitigation. SEE SAMPLE PROJECTS BELOW.
Through use of aerial imagery and GIS, Equinox performs mitigation site searches to identify streams and wetlands that would benefit from restoration, enhancement, or preservation. Following this cursory level analysis Equinox field verifies candidate sites, delineates streams and wetlands according to accepted protocols, and works one on one with individual landowners to cultivate their participation in mitigation projects. We are noted for our balanced approach to outreach with landowners. We strive to develop mitigation projects that not only improve ecological function of the streams or wetlands and the watershed in which they are located, but that also meet landowners’ financial needs and their land management objectives. By meeting objectives of both the landowner and the mitigation provider, a “win-win” product is created that ensures future mitigation opportunities are available in these areas when needed.
Equinox has worked with both public and private entities to facilitate full stream and wetland delivery projects in the Little Tennessee, French Broad (including Pigeon and Nolichucky), Broad, Catawba and Watauga River watersheds. With the majority of mitigation occurring on agriculture lands, it has proven beneficial that Equinox’ primary staff members in charge of our mitigation work have agriculture backgrounds and experience. This has provided them with insight on how to incorporate a restoration project into a working farm that helps to promote an economically viable and environmentally sustainable operation for the farmer.
• Site Searches|
• Landowner Outreach
• Stream & Wetland