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Independence Day for the Penobscot River

Nok-Noi Ricker of the Bangor Daily News reports that removal of dams near Old Town Maine as part of the Penobscot River Restoration Project has had an added benefit for those who like whitewater. Quoting Scott Phillips, chair of the upcoming Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta, “It’s got some challenging whitewater rapids. Since we took the dams out, it’s a challenge [for paddlers].”

The national competition held each year by the American Canoe Association will take place this year on a 9.4-mile stretch of newly freed river from July 22-26. >Read More


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Sprague Elected to Lead National Mitigation Banking Association

From Left: Don Ross, Donna Collier, Randy Vogel, Michael Sprague, Bart James

National Mitigation Banking Association Board (NMBA) Officers from left: Don Ross, Donna Collier, Randy Vogel, Michael Sprague, and NMBA Executive Director Bart James

Michael Sprague of Trout Headwaters, Inc. was recently elected President of the National Mitigation Banking Association’s (NMBA) board of directors at the association’s annual meeting and conference held in Orlando, Florida.

The 15-member board is made up of environmental professionals from across the U.S. working to support and enable stream, wetland and habitat restoration. NMBA works to satisfy federal wetland and stream requirements within the Clean Water Act, federal species mitigation requirements within the Endangered Species Act, as well as biodiversity and other conservation needs for private and public lands.

“We are thrilled Mike has agreed to lead the association this year,” said NMBA’s immediate past-president Wayne White of Sacramento, California“Mike’s tireless work on the board the last few years, especially last year as vice president working on strategies for data analysis, industry tax incentives, marketing and growth of our association, and improving regulation and regulatory review has been a tremendous help in solidifying the NMBA’s standing with Government and Regulatory agencies throughout the nation, ” he said.

Restoration, enhancement, and preservation of important wetlands, streams, or other habitats are the backbone of the industry. Sprague’s company, Trout Headwaters, Inc. has pioneered sustainable approaches to stream, wetland, and habitat renewal and repair since 1995.

“I’m humbled and honored to be asked to help lead the National Mitigation Banking Association Board at a time when our industry’s work is so valued by both government and the conservation community. My fellow board members and NMBA’s broader membership have proven to be fine industry stewards, all giving of their time and extensive expertise to help restore and protect water and vital species habitat throughout the U.S.”  More via Ecosystem Marketplace 

The NMBA brings together leaders who are committed to restoring and conserving America’s wetlands, streams, and other habitat resources – a concept that unites sound economic and environmental practices. First established in 1998, the organization promotes federal legislation and regulatory policy that encourages mitigation banking as a means of compensating for adverse impacts to our nation’s environment.

To learn more about NMBA http://www.mitigationbanking.org

For more on Trout Headwaters, Inc.  http://www.troutheadwaters.com

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Mitigation Banking Basics via Investopedia

Investopedia explores mitigation banking in a smart, concise piece about the system of credits and debits devised to ensure that ecological loss to wetlands, streams and species is compensated for by the restoration and preservation of wetlands, streams and natural habitats, in other areas so that there is no net loss to the environment. To mitigate means to reduce the severity of something, in this case, the damage caused to the environment.

“According to NMBA (National Mitigation Banking Association), mitigation banking is defined as “the restoration, creation, enhancement, or preservation of a wetland, stream, or other habitat area undertaken expressly for the purpose of compensating for unavoidable resource losses…”

>Read More via http://www.investopedia.com/articles/dictionary/031615/understanding-basics-mitigation-banking.asp


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Restoration Works Since 1995

A “Johnny Willowseed” Approach

In 1995, Trout Headwaters, Inc (THI) was founded to provide service to private, non-profit, and government clients.  At a time when only a handful of private entities across the U.S. were providing stream, wetland, or habitat restoration services, the company quickly became a recognized leader in “soft” biostabilization and riparian restoration strategies.

2010505 101For many years the company has teamed with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and others to develop and refine these environmentally superior techniques for stream stabilization and restoration.  A state regulator, reviewing one of THI’s early landmark projects remarked that we had used a “Johnny Willowseed” approach.  Working WITH nature has indeed been a precept of the firm since its founding and one that we’re immensely proud to continue through today.

Proven, Practical Innovation  

Back in 2001, THI began developing and testing proprietary technologies for river, stream and wetland inventory, assessment, design, and monitoring.  Ultimately, several of these processes were commercialized and patented by sister company THI RiverWorks.  The work of building and commercializing technology for the restoration industry, including big data platforms Mitigation Analyst and EcoBlu Analyst, continues through today.

Narciso RodriguezSo while Trout Headwaters continues to offer the same services it did when first founded, the company has constantly changed and improved its process and its products.  This commitment to improving quality, efficiency and cost-effectiveness has resulted in now more than 450 successful projects all across the U.S.  The company’s work has been featured in diverse publications including Erosion Control, Landscape Architect, Huffington Post, Land Report, and many others. See Recent Work via Blurb

Customer Focus

Expect however our hallmark to remain always unchanged: A dedication to serving the nation’s most discriminating clients by delivering cost-effective and ecologically beneficial restoration products and services.

THI Project Copyright 2012At THI our guiding principle is always to stay customer-focused. Each one of our clients has helped us achieve what we believe to be the lead position in the aquatic restoration industry.   But why take our word for it, listen to a sample of what our clients are saying:

“You and your team were nothing short of spectacular! Great communication on all projects and their status, along with an attitude that reflects your sincere care and passion for your profession consistently exceeded my expectations.” – 3 Peaks Ranch

“As you know I’ve worked with other firms on river restoration projects, prior to engaging THI.  As such, I have come to appreciate the quality of your firm’s work in an industry where many firms offer dramatic results but fail to deliver.”- River Ranch Restoration 

“We have received award-winning attention for our sustainable, green design and development efforts, much of which is directly attributable to THI.” – Cielo Falls

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Trout Headwaters Is Proud to Honor National Service

THI Lisa Marr, WisCorps's Matt Brantner and Willie BittnerTrout Headwaters (THI) is proud to recognize the honorees of this year’s National Service Awards.  THI’s Lisa Marr (shown here with WisCorps’s Matt Brantner Willie Bittner) and Luke Frazza joined hundreds of distinguished guests for an evening of salute during the 12th Annual Friends of National Service Awards tonight in Washington.  Luke Frazza said, “It was an honor to be there when US Senator Orrin Hatch received the Edward M. Kennedy National Service Lifetime Leadership Award.   His long history of public service and strong commitment to the service community is an inspiration to us all.”

Voices for National Service and the entire national service community filled the East Hall at Washington’s historic Union Station for the opportunity to recognize leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors who have contributed to building a culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility within America.

The 2015 Awards and Honorees included members of the U.S. Congress, governors, mayors, corporations, and a Washington Post columnist.

More via: http://www.voicesforservice.org/

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Restoration Trainings Reach Critical Benchmark

A packed house attended today’s Waders in the Water aquatic restoration workshop at The Corps Network’s annual conference in Washington. The standing room only crowd got an update from Trout Headwaters, Inc (THI) President Mike Sprague on the one-year anniversary of the launch of the nationwide youth conservation corps green jobs program.

Sprague told the crowd that the program has now reached into 20 states across 16 Corps and continues to grow. He credited the rapid expansion to the newly climate-friendly, cost-effective live webinar delivery of the training and said more corps are taking the opportunity to train multiple crews as well as crew leaders. Corps Network Vice President Marie Walker added “we are happy to report that interest in the Waders in the Water training program from both member corps and funders alike continues to grow.”

ACE Waders in the Water graduates install restoration work on Kern Meadow

Youth Corps Waders in the Water graduates install restoration work on Kern Meadow (photo via American Conservation Experience)

American Conservation Experience President Chris Baker and New Jersey Youth Corps Phillipsburg Director Mike Muckle joined the presentation, sharing their excitement over their recent teaming agreement to join forces on a series of aquatic restoration projects in New Jersey. After both corps had participated in the Waders in the Water Level I training, they partnered to fill an urgent workforce need in the restoration industry and entered into a public-private partnership with Mid-Atlantic restoration industry pioneer GreenVest to work on at least three projects. Sprague explained that fieldwork will serve as the proving grounds for the next level in the program, the Waders in the Water Level II training and certification.

GreenVest CEO Doug Lashley expressed his excitement today, attending the conference for meetings to kick off the restoration projects.  “Educating youth at an early age on stewardship and an appreciation for the environment will equip them for future jobs in the outdoors, enhance local economies, and most importantly, encourage an understanding that  water quality impacts all forms of life. Corporate America can help support this opportunity through Public-Private Partnerships as a method of complying with their growing internal sustainability initiatives. It is an investment with no limit on the returns.”

Sprague recalled that when The Corps Network and Trout Headwaters (THI) rolled out Waders in the Water last year, some wondered if the training would be too expensive, if individual corps could unite to work together, or if industry would embrace this newly trained workforce. “We’re clearly putting all those questions to rest,” he said.

Corps Network members may participate in any of the upcoming 2-day, Level I online trainings by registering here:

February 18 & 19,

Mar. 2 & 3,

April 6 & 7

Read the Full News Release Here> Waders in the Water News Release



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National Mitigation & Ecosystem Conference – Call for Presentations

Building on this year’s success, the National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference is moving into its 18th year with a refreshing focus on improved content and moderated exchanges. This year’s National Conference (in Orlando) is currently seeking cohesive panel presentations and individual presentations that offer timely and new information. Deadline for submittal is October 1, 2014.

All submissions should relate to mitigation banking, conservation, species, habitat banking or ecosystem banking and alternatives as indicated in the variety of topics below. Submissions should come from experienced regulators, mitigation and conservation bankers, customers/users of banks, investors, local, state, federal governments, environmental organizations, consultants, engineers, academia and others who have direct experience in the expanding mitigation, conservation and ecosystem banking industry.

Preference will be given to those with data, actual results, or research that support their presentation. Presentations may not be commercial and must be educational.  It’s easy to submit — click SUBMIT and follow the prompts

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State of the Markets – Latest Mitigation Industry Report

State of the Markets CoverTrout Headwaters, in conjunction with the National Mitigation Banking Association is pleased to release its annual “State of the Markets” Report for 2014 showing trends in Wetland Mitigation Banking over the period from 2000-2013 with updated data provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  This concise report is available only to THI clients and partners interested in the latest statistics and trends for the growing industry.  To request a copy by email info@troutheadwaters.com

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Public-Private Partnership to Certify Youth Corps

Restored Creek/Wetland ComplexThe Bay Journal writes: “Beyond political will or ecological know-how, restoring the Chesapeake Bay and other impaired waters across the country requires a good deal of manpower.”  It will take ‘waders in the water,’ to physically return rivers, streams and wetlands to a more natural state.”

“It’s work that Trout Headwaters, Inc., a private water restoration company, has been doing nationwide for nearly 20 years — and work that the company, through a new partnership with The Corps Network, now plans to equip youth corps nationwide to do,” writes the Journal.  >Read More via http://www.bayjournal.com/article/public_private_partnership_to_certify_youth_corps_for_restoration_work

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Service and Conservation Corps Will Soon Add “Waders in the Water”

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The Corps Network is working with Trout Headwaters, Inc. on a new training program to put “Waders in the Water.” THI president Michael Sprague (pictured) says his company is looking forward to readying America’s youth and veterans for work along our waterways. Photo credit: Trout Headwaters

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 22, 2014—America’s Service and Conservation Corps have always been known for training a ready and able workforce of Americans, but today’s Corpsmembers will not only provide “Boots on the Ground,” they will also soon have “Waders in the Water.”

Thanks to a new public-private partnership between The Corps Network and Trout Headwaters, Inc., a national innovator in restoring the protective qualities of streams, rivers and wetlands, members of The Corps Network will gain enhanced capacity to complete aquatic restoration projects. Simultaneously Corpsmembers will obtain industry-recognized credentials and additional pathways to a conservation career—all while improving the health, beauty, and climate-resiliency of our public streams, rivers, and wetlands.  Functioning and healthy floodplains, wetlands, and marshes reduce flooding, storm damage, protect infrastructure, and improve water quality and quantity.

Trout Headwaters, Inc. will work with The Corps Network to develop projects and train Corpsmembers, whose 127 member Corps programs engage 27,000 young people and veterans in all states and the District of Columbia.  The partnership, and its nationwide opportunities for workforce development and learning, will be formally announced at The Corps Network 2014 National Conference to be held February 9 – 12, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

“Thanks to the expertise of Trout Headwaters, Inc., Corpsmembers will have another vehicle to obtain valuable experience and industry-recognized credentials while working directly on projects that help conserve and protect waterways, lakes, parks, and other important resources for current and future generations. In addition, it will help us fulfill the goal of the recently-launched 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, which aims to have 100,000 young people and veterans working to improve public lands and waters every year,” said Mary Ellen Ardouny, President & CEO of The Corps Network.

California Conservation Corps

The California Conservation Corps works to restore salmon habitat, while supplying veterans with transitional job opportunities. Photo credit John Griffith.

“We believe deeply in the work of The Corps Network and its focus on creating more opportunities for youth to serve their country while they are likewise trained to be the next great generation of conservation and community leaders,” says THI President Michael Sprague. “As a private company we look for the best opportunities to give back, and what could be better than training young people to love, protect and restore our nation’s natural resources?”

 The Corps Network

The Corps Network’s 127 members operate in all states and the District of Columbia. Each year they collectively enroll over 27,000 Corpsmembers from ages 16-25. Corps organize an additional 289,000 community volunteers who work alongside Corpsmembers to generate 638,684 additional hours of service annually, at an estimated value of $14,140,463. It is the mission of The Corps Network to provide national leadership and promote the growth and quality of its member Corps as they provide education, workforce development, and an ethic of stewardship to diverse youth who address important community and conservation needs.

Trout Headwaters, Inc.
Trout Headwaters, Inc. is the industry leader in sustainable approaches to stream, river, and wetland renewal and repair.  As one of the oldest firms in the industry, THI has pioneered approaches using natural materials and native vegetation that can reliably replace hard, invasive treatments that often damage our nation’s streams and rivers.  Besides developing and refining new techniques THI is a staunch advocates for greater sharing of information and more consistent use of assessment and monitoring tools, providing greater certainty of environmental benefits to restoration.


Media Contacts:

Michael Sprague, President, Trout Headwaters, Inc.
(800) 218-8107 mike@troutheadwaters.com

Levi Novey, Director of Communications & Marketing, The Corps Network
(202)737-6272 lnovey@corpsnetwork.org




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