AFFILIATED RESEARCHERS was retained by legal counsel to conduct comprehensive environmental restoration of an impacted wetland environment in Northeastern Michigan.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) determined there had been unauthorized dredging, filling, and deposal of demolition waste within regulated wetland environments, in violation of Part 115 and Part 303 of the Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act.According to the DEQ investigations, over 500 linear feet of wetland environments had been impacted.
AFFILIATED RESEARCHERS was retained to develop a restoration plan, conduct the restoration efforts, provide technical reporting of the restoration effort, and provide expert testimony as required.
AFFILIATED RESEARCHERS’ key staff on this project included its Certified Professional Wetland Scientist, Botanist, Project Manager, and Technicians. AFFILIATED RESEARCHERS utilized a mini-excavator, a Bobcat-type track vehicle loader, an ATV “4-wheeler”, RTK-GPS survey equipment, a laser-level,a small trailer, and shovels and rakes to perform the restoration efforts.
AFFILIATED RESEARCHERS utilized the mini-excavator to scraped off any wetland fill material where found in the wetland areas, and loaded the fill material into the ATV trailer. The ATV and trailer were driven along the existing path to a staging area where the excavated upland sand material was deposited. AFFILIATED RESEARCHERS utilized the existing path for the movement of all earth-working equipment and transporting of all materials. The adjacent undisturbed wetland environments at the site were not encroached upon during the restoration efforts.
The restored wetland areas, as well as the upland areas, were groomed by AFFILIATED RESEARCHERS utilizing a “jake-rake”, in order to finalized the grade and prepare the soils for natural re-vegetation. Upon completion, the restoration effort was inspected and approved by the DEQ.
The following year after the completion of the environmental restoration effort, AFFILIATED RESEARCHERS conducted a biological assessment of the restored wetlands. The biological assessment included a species inventory, species percent cover, and a floristic qualitative assessment (FQA).
After only one year of growth,a total of 53 plant species were documented in the restored wetland environments, of which 43 were wetland species. The compiled FQA index was a significant 25.1, which was remarkable when compared to the 19.9 index of the surrounding undisturbed wetland environment compiled from its 31 total species.
Since 1990, AFFILIATED RESEARCHERS has become a recognized leader in providing high quality environmental and technical services for municipalities, public utilities, environmental-engineering firms, attorneys, Fortune 500 companies, as well as State and Federal agencies to include the DOD, NOAA, USACE, USCG, USEPA, and USFS.