Freshwater Habitat Restoration

Habitat restoration is the process of returning a degraded habitat to a stable state that mimics its former pre-disturbed condition. Our restoration projects strive to mimic as closely as possible the functional condition of natural, undisturbed sites. Restoration sites can also be developed to address habitat compensation requirements associated with proposed development in the aquatic environment. See our habitat banking page for more info

Habitat restoration is a stepping stone towards correcting imbalances from historical practices or cumulative impact of overdeveloped watersheds. By restoring habitat structure for aquatic species, cover and stable habitat is provided for invertebrates and other critical food sources for species such as juvenile salmonids which have high cultural and environmental value. Habitat restoration helps create a dynamic stability of stream banks, allowing vegetation to rapidly grow and acts as a valuable carbon sink in the fight against climate change.

Initial baseline surveys

  • Site identification
  • Water quality
  • Species inventory
Bear feeding in restoration project area

Restoration Prescription

  • Conceptual to detailed designs and reports
  • Groundwater and side channels, alcove ponds, groynes
  • GIS mapping and terrain modeling
  • Sediment and drainage management plans
  • Sediment catchment basins
  • Regulatory agency approval processing

On-site project management

  • Biological salvaging
  • Riparian planting/thinning
  • Environmental monitoring and construction supervision

Tools In Our Kit Include:

  • Snorkel and SCUBA surveys, drop cameras
  • Total station surveys
  • Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS or ‘drones’)
  • Satellite imaging for historical context

Artlish Habitat Restoration

Salmon migrating up recently restored habitat