restoration planning Articles

  • Principles for Streamlining Environmental Restoration

    For example, published reports on the use of the “Principles” at DOE sites show savings of millions of dollars and avoidance of months or years of effort at sites in Nevada, Ohio, Kentucky, and South Carolina. At a site in South Carolina, ongoing challenges with implementing a cleanup program led to the regulators calling a “time out” in enforcing compliance agreement milestones and a rethinking ...


  • Handbook for developing watershed plans to restore and protect our waters

    This handbook provides information on developing and implementing watershed management plans that help to restore and protect water quality. A watershed is the area of land that contributes runoff to a lake, river, stream, wetland, estuary, or bay. A watershed management plan defines and addresses existing or future water quality problems from both point sources and nonpoint sources of ...

  • A Win for River Restoration

    A team of scientists from eWater CRC based in Canberra and at Griffith University in Queensland has won the WaterSecure - Healthy Waterways Research Award for its work on Prioritisation of Catchment Scale River Restoration within Southeast Queensland (SEQ).   The work is part of a Queensland Government funded ‘proof of concept’ initiative designed to demonstrate that ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Environmental restoration is big business

    Think environmental protection hurts business? You just might want to think again. In a study published last week at PLOS ONE, University of North Carolina land use and environmental planning faculty member Todd BenDor and colleagues calculated the dollars-and-cents impact of ...


    By Ensia

  • Union county aquifer restoration

    Client: Union County Water Conservation Board  Completion Date: 2003  Services Provided 65-MGD river intake Mechanically cleaned bar screen Two traveling water screens Quarter-mile-long access bridge with service deck Four 15,050 gpm vertical turbine intake pumps 48-inch raw water ...


    By Burns & McDonnell

  • What is Environmental Restoration?

    The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Environmental Restoration Program directs the assessment and cleanup of inactive sites and surplus facilities contaminated from previous defense and non-defense-related programs. All cleanup activities must comply with federal, state, Indian Nation, and local laws and regulations. In completing environmental restoration activities, DOE is committed to ...

  • Wamego shoreline restoration, Wamego, Kansas

    Years of sediment buildup from shoreline erosion, however, had caused the once beautiful focal point to become an eyesore of muddy, stagnant water. The town was challenged with having to restore the pond to its original state while including measures to protect against recurring erosion and sediment problems. City Park Supervisor Morris Crisler points out that warm winters had attracted several ...


    By Presto Geosystems

  • Reaping the Rewards of Restoration case study

    Deteriorating infrastructure continues to plague municipalities across the U.S., compromising local budgets and natural resources. Utility officials nationwide are actively searching for innovative strategies to circumvent these problems. When the Cary ville-Jacksboro Utility Commission (CJUC), located 36 miles north of Knoxville, Tenn., began restoring its collection system, it successfully ...


    By Mission Communications, LLC

  • Quantifying benefits of water restoration projects case study

    The Coca-Cola Company is committed to balancing the water used in its finished products by participating in locally relevant projects that support communities and nature. LimnoTech, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), is supporting the Company’s “Replenish” commitment through a multi-phase project. The project is focused on the quantification of benefits from ...


    By LimnoTech Inc.

  • What Does it Take for Successful Forest Landscape Restoration?

    This week in Washington, D.C., members of the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration (GPFLR) met to advance strategies to restore degraded forest landscapes around the world. Such restoration has the ...

  • Species, Data, and Conservation Planning

    Extinction is irreversible. The restoration of habitats, ecological processes, and ecosystem services is complex but possible (Dobson et al. 1997a). We cannot, however, restore the building blocks of those higher levels of biological organization once species go extinct. For this reason, above all, we must consider minimization of the species extinction rateour most urgent target and the measure ...


  • Planning for disaster recovery

    Q: When is a business disaster not a complete disaster? A: When you have a disaster recovery system in place, of course. The dictionary defines disaster as “an occurrence that causes great distress or destruction”. Any business can be affected by natural disasters, like recent weather patterns, contrived disasters such as the credit crunch, or even physical disasters like the loss of your ...


    By IMSM Ltd

  • Integrated Water Management Plan

    A review of the Salton Sea Authority's Preferred Project Concept for Rehabilitating the Salton Sea The USGS Salton Sea Science Office convened an experts workshop, from ...


    By Pacific Institute

  • Assessing the damage and restoring the land at Vergelegen Wine Estate - case study

    NCC was contracted to provide 24 hour fire fighting services for the 29 days that the Vergelegen estate was under threat. With the support of NCC’s thorough reporting and professional guidance, the insurer awarded the costs of re-setting the Alien Vegetation Clearing Plan. From February through March 2009 devastating fires swept through the mountains above Somerset West, burning more ...

  • Opportunities and challenges of integrating ecological restoration into assessment and management of contaminated ecosystems

    Ecosystem restoration planning near the beginning of the site assessment and management process (“early integration”) involves consideration of restoration goals from the outset in developing solutions for contaminated ecosystems. There are limitations to integration that stem from institutional barriers, few successful precedents and limited availability of guidance. Challenges occur in ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Integrated risk and recovery monitoring of ecosystem restorations on contaminated sites

    Ecological restorations of contaminated sites balance the human and ecological risks of residual contamination with the benefits of ecological recovery and the return of lost ecological function and ecosystem services. Risk and recovery are interrelated dynamic conditions, changing as remediation and restoration activities progress through implementation into long‐term management and ecosystem ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Urban Stream Restoration: Standing Up to the Toughest Weather Conditions

    Project In 2008, the City of Altanta faced a large problem: the single-lane road that provides the only entry point to its SWAT team training center was likely to be lost completely to erosion. Although the road had been lined with concrete barriers as a stop-gap measure, it was clear that more substantial action was required to save it. Because the road is situated on a narrow ...


    By Thrace Plastics Pack S.A.

  • Implications of global climate change for natural resource damage assessment, restoration, and rehabilitation

    Various international and national regulations hold polluters liable for the cleanup of released hazardous substances and the restoration/rehabilitation of natural resources to preincident baseline conditions, a process often referred to as natural resource damage assessment and restoration (NRDAR). Here, the authors describe how global climate change (GCC) will challenge each of the steps of ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Disentangling the multiple stressors acting on stream ecosystems to support restoration priorities

    Stream ecosystems may suffer from the effects of multiple stressors. Planning restoration actions without knowing the relative weight of each stressor might lead to disproportionately costly or ecologically meaningless measures. This is particularly relevant under the EU Water Framework Directive where economic considerations play a role in justifying exemptions from the overarching aim of the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Coordinating ecological restoration options analysis and risk assessment to improve environmental outcomes

    Ecological risk assessment as currently practiced has hindered consideration of ecosystem services endpoints and restoration goals in the environmental management process. Practitioners have created barriers between procedures to clean up contaminated areas and efforts to restore ecosystem functions. In this article, we examine linkages between contaminant risk assessment approaches and ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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