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Abstract: Session B  10:55 am (Back to Session B)
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Lessons Learned in Planning and Practice: Using the “Ecotone Way” to Advance Sustainable Restoration Techniques

Clay Word
Ecotone, Inc.
Forest Hill, MD

In 2017 our team restored three different tributaries located within the Maryland piedmont using Ecotone’s “Less is More” philosophy of sustainable restoration. Each project took place in a unique watershed – urban, highly impervious; rural, agricultural; and rural, forested – that presented distinct advantages, disadvantages, and challenges. We maximized the use of on-site material including logs, root wads, and stream channel substrate. Likewise, we made a concerted effort to minimize the use of furnished materials. When furnished materials were necessary, we sourced local vendors and suppliers whenever possible.

This presentation will explore the results we measured for the subject sites, including a comparison of salvaged versus furnished materials in planning and practice. We’ll examine the increased cost-efficiency and ecological uplift as a result of utilizing the “Less is More” approach at each site. Additionally, we will share our team’s post-construction stream assessments captured immediately after construction as well as in periods that followed storm events. Participants will take home lessons learned from our emphasis on sustainable practices, including unintended consequences and unexpected outcomes.