Motivated by a passion for conducting science & engineering that results in lasting social and environmental uplift, Ecosystem Services was pleased to  take part in the American Ecological Engineering Society’s (AEES) 16th Annual Meeting in Knoxville, TN last week. The meeting was an important opportunity to reflect  on the challenges facing society and to engage with colleagues to further the field of Ecological Engineering and promote the principles of sustainable development.

Ecosystem Services’ Principal Engineer, Kip Mumaw presented on the topic, Urban Stream Restoration for Permit Compliance: Opportunities and  Constraints during the stream restoration session. In the presentation, Kip discussed ecological restoration in a TMDL compliance context. Using the Edith J. Carrier  Arboretum Stream Restoration Project as a case study, Kip provided an overview of the evolution of stream restoration as a BMP, stream restoration protocols, and crediting methodologies.

The big takeaways:

1) Constraints are in the eye of the beholder! 2) Successful projects plan for pre-restoration monitoring, 3) Maintain the “ecological” in ecological  restoration,  4) Humans are apart of the ecosystem!, and 5) Adequate maintenance and long-term monitoring is a necessity.

 To learn more about Kip’s presentation email with the subject line “AEES Presentation”.