|Tidal Wetland Restoration
For nearly 30 years, Ecological Restoration and Management, Inc. has been instrumental in restoring and creating valuable freshwater and brackish/saltwater tidal wetland habitat throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Since 1983, ER&M has successfully created, enhanced, and protected hundreds of acres of these important ecosystems. To be successful in tidal wetland restoration and creation requires far more skill than simply being able to read and follow a set of plans. Rarely do post-construction conditions match those outlined in the plans. Frequently, actual tidal elevations and ranges differ, sometimes greatly, from those upon which the design was based. Reasons for this are many, but are often attributable to the use of differing tidal datum in determining target surface elevations and planting zones. Without an understanding of this issue and the ability to properly evaluate actual site conditions, adjusting plantings accordingly, many of these projects would never succeed.
ER&M staff and crew understand the dynamics of these systems and have the knowledge and expertise necessary to identify potential problems (prior to, during, and after construction) and offer appropriate solutions to help ensure project success. These projects additionally present unique challenges, as they are often accessible only by water. Site conditions can change from day to day, sometimes hour to hour, as wind, weather, and lunar cycles affect the timing, duration, and height of tidal events. Not only does this make access difficult, but it requires a strong knowledge of the water, tidal cycles, and the factors that affect both tidal height and duration. Having an understanding of, and experience with, these processes is critical to the proper pre-planning and scheduling necessary to efficiently work with nature to successfully complete these projects on time and within budget.
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