It's not as easy as it sounds, this business of managing Wetland restoration and construction.
Prime candidates for Wetland restoration include wetlands that were degraded or destroyed through the diversion of water supplies -- a common occurance for road, greenway and building construction.
We always construct a Wetland project in the context of a community-based watershed program. And to top it off, we consider nearby flood plains or floodways to avoid damaging natural wetlands and other aquatic resources.
Told you it wasn't easy. But if it isn't done right, don't do it at all. Right?
When designing Wetland Construction solutions, the expert team with Carolina Environmental Contracting considers the role of a wetland within the watershed and within the broader ecosystem of the area. This includes potential water quality impacts to surface and ground water; surrounding and upstream land uses; location of wildlife corridors or flyways; potential threats from introduction of non-native plant or animal species.
Carolina Environmental Contracting (CEC) recently completed the design and construction of a BMP (Best Management Practices) site, built as a stormwater management solution to accommodate new construction at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, NC.
The additional building footprint and nonporous paving area required the installation of a 3,000 square-foot pond that forces stormwater to filter through vegetation, a specialty soil mix, sand, and stone before entering the stormwater piping system.
Construction site BMPs utilize different methods and materials on construction sites before and during the construction phase of the project to control stormwater discharge or pollutants commonly found in stormwater. The newly installed bioretention pond will serve as a permanent BMP that will continue to filter water after construction completion.