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Benefits of Restoration Planning: Improve Recreational Use Increase Property Values Identify Management Opportunities Enhance Water Quality Decrease Flooding and Habitat Damage Stabilize Stream Banks Sustainable stream, river and wetland restoration has benefits that extend well beyond the restoration industry itself into two of the United States most important industries: agriculture…

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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…

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Sprague Elected to Lead National Mitigation Banking Association

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,…

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Restoration and Mitigation Services – 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”…

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DeClassified: Why Proper Assessment Is Key

At Trout Headwaters we put a lot of emphasis on stream, wetland and habitat assessment.  Our unwavering belief in scientifically-sound assessments of natural resources and habitats led us to develop patented systems, process and methods RiverWorks Rapid Assessment System® and the environmental big data system EcoBlu Analyst. As practicioners will attest, simple classification systems and models…

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Assessment and Monitoring – The Keys to Successful Restoration

A baseline assessment can best be described as the basis by which to judge the success of any action taken to conserve, protect, enhance or restore water resources or habitats. Monitoring, when properly executed, continues to evaluate the health of the resource after any action is taken in order to…

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Experience EcoBlu Podcast Series – A Millers River

Join host Mike Sprague from Trout Headwaters to explore a wide cross section of applied ecological restoration in the U.S.  In this series, Experience EcoBlu takes you from the laboratory to the field and from the theory to the ground with some of the top experts, scientists and policy-makers. “As moderator for this series,…

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When it Comes to Restoring Rivers – Sometimes it’s Better to Swim Upstream

Piles of rock or concrete dumped along a stream bank does not equal restoration. In fact, we believe it can often do more harm than good. Trout Headwaters, Inc takes a “do-no-harm” approach to restoration. We’ve pioneered the reliable use of “soft” materials, like natural fiber mats anchored with live native…

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Lawsuit Filed Over Fate of Yellowstone River Pallid Sturgeon

A significant irrigation dam across the Yellowstone River is part of a lawsuit filed this month by Defenders of Wildlife and Natural Resources Defense Council against three federal agencies. The groups claim that the pallid sturgeon, a species which dates back to the days that dinosaurs roamed Montana, has declined…

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Restoration Notes from the Field – Assessment Principles and Practice

Trout Headwaters has been providing water resource assessment, inventory and monitoring as part of successful restoration for many years, and continually look for ways to decrease costs and increase value for our clients. Since field data collection demands specialized equipment and skilled personnel, some project managers skip the assessment process altogether and…

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