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From the Field Today – Red Eft

This eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) is  common to eastern North America.  This land dwelling bright orange juvenile, known as a red eft, paid a visit to a Trout Headwaters technician during recent site work in North Carolina.  The newts frequent small lakes, ponds, and streams or near-by wet forests. They can coexist in an aquatic environment with small, noncarnivorous fish, as their skin […]

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The United Nations (U.N.) and lead author Rick Connor (above) report on our critical freshwater resources and energy development with the March 21 release of the 2014 World Water Development Report (WWDR). Produced by the U.N.’s World Water Assessment Program (U.N.-Water), WWDR 2014 is being released in conjunction with special events sponsored around the world as […]

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After nearly 20 years in the steam, river and restoration industry, we’ve developed a great appreciation for EcoBlu client relationships resulting in project outcomes that exceed expectation.  Our client-first philosophy means we give each and every project, regardless of size, scope, or location, our full commitment to client satisfaction.  Because some projects span many months or […]

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The fire is out, but the damage is still ongoing.  When wildfires burn an area, the exposed land that has lost most of its vegetation is very susceptible to soil loss. In a short amount of time rain can cause severe erosion affecting structures, hillsides, roads, trails, and especially the health of streams, rivers, and […]

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Anywhere it rains, it can flood. Many conditions can result in a flood: hurricanes , overtopped levees, outdated or clogged drainage systems and rapid accumulation of rainfall. Just because you haven’t experienced a flood in the past, doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. Flood risk isn’t just based on history, it’s also based on […]

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All streams and rivers are subject to flooding.  In mountainous areas, it’s typically annual spring flooding.  But other regions experience heavy rain events at other times of the year that can very quickly turn a peaceful stream into a raging torrent.  At THI we often help prospective landowners determine if buildings are in jeopardy, or […]

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It’s impossible to know where you are going without understanding where you stand right now. Unfortunately, in the relatively new industry of stream, river and wetland restoration, there are individuals and companies making recommendations, and even performing work, without properly evaluating the current condition of the resource. Baseline assessment can best be described as the […]

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While few people would ever consider buying a building without understanding the physical condition of the structure, many valuable properties along rivers and lakes, or with private streams or wetlands, are being purchased with little investigation into the quality or values of those resources. Depending on the property specifics and region, often much of the […]

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Two new reports, The World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Risks Report 2013 (http://reports.weforum.org/global-risks-2013/ ), and a draft of the third National Climate Assessment Report  (http://www.globalchange.gov/what-we-do/assessment ) reinforce the validity of climate change and the interconnectedness of the economy and the environment. “According to Munich Reinsurance America, North America has seen a five-fold increase in natural […]

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Assessing Your Flood Risk

With unpredictable weather patterns becoming the new normal, it may be time to take a fresh look at the flood risk for your home or business.   At THI we often work with clients who have concerns about potential flood risks.  Streams, rivers and wetlands do flood, and it’s much more cost-effective to take time to […]

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