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Stream Restoration

At Coldwater Consulting, our approach to stream restoration is a holistic one.  Our typical restoration project begins with a search for project funding and doesn’t end until post-construction monitoring is completed.  We take these projects on whole-heartedly and strive for the development of a successful, sustainable solution through all phases of the project.  We understand the importance of an interdisciplinary team, the need for positive relationships between clients and contractors, and how imperative it is for a consulting firm to take true ownership of a project.  We take an adaptive approach to design and implementation of ecological restoration projects, building flexibility into design and construction aspects of the project.  This eliminates “over-design," allows for field adjustments that are often necessary during restoration projects, and promotes a positive and healthy relationship between team members.  Our scientists have used this approach to help clients restore over 25 miles of streams. 

Our stream restoration service offerings include:

  • Site Assessment & Geomorphology
  • Habitat Assessment
  • Invasive Species Assessment & Removal
  • Hydrologic & Hydraulic Analysis
  • Design
  • Public Outreach and Education
  • Bidding Services
  • Construction Administration & Oversight
  • Pre- and Post-Construction Monitoring
  • Design/Build

Our scientists have restoration experience that encompasses an array of aquatic resource types, from headwater streams to large rivers in settings that vary from agricultural to urban.   Their restoration experience includes many different design features, including:

  • Natural Channel Design
  • Natural Bank Stabilization & Bioengineering Techniques
  • Erosion Control
  • Riffle-Pool Development
  • Cross Vanes and J-Hook Vanes for Vertical and Lateral Channel Stability
  • Rootwad Revetments and Coarse Woody Debris Installation
  • Fish Habitat Shelves and Structure
  • Native Trees, Shrubs, and Seeding Plans
  • Invasive Species Control


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