What Your Ecological Assessment Should Tell You

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…

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Urban Stormwater Poisons Salmon – Fix is at Hand

A recent study reported in the Journal of Applied Ecology notes that stormwater runoff from urban roadways is extremely toxic for coho salmon, and can kill adult fish in just two and a half hours. Scientists have been quick to point out that a fix is simple.  Julann Spromberg, a…

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Wildfire and Water: Post-Fire Assessments Provide Quick Answers

An epic season of wildfire across the west has left a wide path of destruction and damage. Although many of the fires are out, 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.…

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Riparian Area Weed Management

Managing weeds in riparian areas can be a great challenge for many reasons. Moving water, along with heavy use by wildlife, livestock and humans, can provide a constant source of reinfestation. Higher soil moisture levels, which help many riparian species to thrive, can also benefit noxious weeds. Several herbicides, effective…

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Leaving the Planet Better Than We Found It

Trout Headwaters, Inc.  is proud to have designed, permitted, and installed the first stream restoration and demonstration project on the Sweetwater River Conservancy near Casper, Wyoming.  The photos in this post show the resources along Horse Creek within the conservancy in their original condition during baseline and 1 year post-restoration. Historic land use practices…

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Wyoming Finalizes Its First Stream Mitigation Procedure

The United States Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District Wyoming Regulatory Office has approved the first Wyoming Stream Mitigation Procedure (WSMP) for the state. The WSMP establishes a method for calculating compensatory mitigation debits and credits that will provide predictability and consistency.   Such a procedure is necessary for allowing the…

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