Habitat Restoration Articles

  • California’s Water Storage Proposals

    The huge state, with its wide range of geography and climate, is thinking creatively to avoid water crises ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • ReStore – Recycling building materials and cardboard too! - Case Study

    Each year, ReStore in New Brighton, Minnesota keeps at least 690 tons of Twin Cities building materials from entering the landfill! With amazing recycling results under their belt, Restore is always aiming at doing more to help the Earth. They are building a new ReStore in South Minneapolis, scheduled to ...


    By Harmony Enterprises, Inc.

  • University Campus Restoration Earns SITES Certification

    Project is designed to mimic the function of natural desert riparian corridors using native soils, rocks and vegetation to slow and cleanse storm water. The University of Texas at El Paso’s (UTEP) Campus Transformation Project (CTP) was awarded Silver certification under the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) rating system, and is the first project to certify under SITES v2 (Version 2). ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Why degraded reefs could be the future of ocean conservation

    When there’s not enough pristine habitat left to save an ecosystem, it’s time to take a new look at less-than-perfect places. When you think of a nature preserve, chances are you picture a tract of pristine, healthy wilderness, set aside in order to protect a functioning ecosystem. But what if not much remains of the ecosystem you want to protect? A new proposal by an ...


    By Ensia

  • It’s time to restore the flow of our planet’s life-giving waters

    If we get smarter about how we use and manage water, we can have healthy rivers and healthy economies side by side. When you look to the year ahead, what do you see? Ensia recently invited eight global thought leaders to share their vision for the environment as it relates to business, culture, ecosystems, energy, food, health, water and the world ( ...


    By Ensia

  • Can software save salt marshes?

    Computer models that help oceanside cities plan for their future also hold hope for a threatened coastal ecosystem. It’s a mild and sunny summer day on the tidal salt marshes at Barn Island Wildlife Management Area, which sits across Little Narragansett bay from ...


    By Ensia

  • EPA Clean Water Act: New Regulations re: `Waters of the United States`

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act… The rule will ensure protection for the nation’s public health and aquatic resources, and increase CWA program predictability and consistency by clarifying the scope of ‘‘waters of the United States’’ protected under the ...

  • Transforming Ecosystems: When, Where, and How to Restore Contaminated Sites

    Chemical contamination has impaired ecosystems, reducing biodiversity and the provisioning of functions and services. This has spurred a movement to restore contaminated ecosystems and develop and implement national and international regulations that require it. Nevertheless, ecological restoration remains a young and rapidly growing discipline and its intersection with toxicology is even more ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • State of nature in the EU - Results from reporting under the nature directives 2007–2012

    This report describing the state of nature in the EU is based on reports from Member States under the Birds (2009/147/EC) and the Habitats (92/43/EEC) directives and on subsequent assessments at EU or EU biogeographical levels. This is the first time that the Member States' reports required by the Birds Directive have included information on population sizes and trends of birds; it is the second ...

  • Suburban sprawl doesn’t have to be ecologically devastating

    As development gobbles up open space, conservationists take a fresh look at subdivisions with biodiversity in mind. Fort Collins, Colo., is a growing, vibrant college town with a typical American problem: Beyond its idyllic historic city center, cookie-cutter subdivisions are eating away at farm fields, ranches and forests. According to the ...


    By Ensia

  • Decision support for ecological river rehabilitation using fish habitat database

    After the recent success of several river rehabilitation projects including the Cheong-gye river case, a large number of local governments have been promoting their own projects in Korea. Most of the projects are aimed at securing the soundness of aquatic ecosystems according to the guidelines presented by the Korea Ministry of Environment. However, there is no clear guidance for the management ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Hand in hand: wetland conservation and tourism in Senegal

    I recently got the chance to experience the natural beauty of Djoudj National Park in Senegal for the first time and see its conservation needs. The Djoudj is a paradise for over a million waterbirds and a lot of other biodiversity. It provides an ideal setting for developing sustainable solutions such as tourism that should allow the surrounding villages, visitors and nature to benefit from this ...


    By Wetlands International

  • 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.

  • Using watershed function as the leading indicator for water quality

    Diffuse nonpoint source (NPS) pollutants, such as sediment, nitrogen, phosphorus, and pathogens, have become the primary cause of water quality impairments in the United States of America. Resource management agencies in the USA are expanding the use of tools for the assessment of ecosystem function in water quality programs to control NPS pollution to meet US Clean Water Act objectives. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Activated carbon mat instrumental as part of overall remediation strategy case study

    Project: Grand Calumet River - West Branch, Reach #3 Location: Hammond, IN Products: Reactive Core Mat Background: In 2009. clean up began on a one-mile stretch of the West Branch of the Grand Calumet River. This project involved the mechanical dredging and removal of 82,000 cubic yards of sediments and soils impacted with ...


    By CETCO

  • Coir Logs - A proven way to prevent soil erosion

    The importance of soil was emphasised by The great Indian guru, Mahathma Gandhi, who said that ‘to forget how to tend the soil is to forget ourselves’. The Mahatma made this emphatic statement in order to stress the importance of soil. Soil ...


    By CoirGreen

  • Green infrastructure and territorial cohesion

    The point of departure for this analysis is to support the European process towards territorial cohesion and green infrastructure development, in particular the development of a strategy for green infrastructure. This report explores the concept of green infrastructure, with illustrative examples of green infrastructure initiatives on the ground and further analyses of the integration of green ...

  • Big Branch Marsh Wildlife Refuge, Lacombe, Louisiana - Case study

    Project Name: Big Branch Marsh Wildlife Refuge Product: Gravelpave2 porous trail reinforcement Application: Trail Reinforcement City: Lacombe State/Province: Louisiana Install Date: Spring 2008 ...


    By Invisible Structures, Inc.

  • Creative Uses of TenCate Geotube Marine Technology Continue to be Instrumental for Unique Marine Applications - Case Study

    Backed by proven, innovative methods, Geotube units offer key advantages for many distinctive marine structure projects. Thanks to Geotube marine technology, the waterfowl of Lake Sinissippi (Wisconsin) now enjoy an improved wildlife habitat, and the residents near Lac Saint-Jean (Quebec) no longer worry about shoreline erosion issues. Geotube marine structures were successfully installed in ...

  • Obama provides economic stimulus money for important water projects

    California and indeed the entire western region of the United States, face chronic issues with respect to water use management. As reported in a December 2008 article on this site, California faces special problems intensified by cycles of drought; additionally, budget shortfalls are compounding the problems by limiting what the State can accomplish. Some relief may be in sight, though; in April ...


    By H2bid, Inc.

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