Construction of Wetland Ecosystems
Heritage provides turn-key design / construction services for the construction of Wetland Ecosystems. Wetland construction falls into three basic categories, wetlands restoration, wetlands enhancement, and constructed treatment systems. Our Landowner clients that engage us to establish Mitigation Banks require our wetlands restoration and enhancement services. In each of these categories, we work closely with our clients from conceptual design through final construction. In some cases, if other contractors are used for the actual construction process, we provide construction management services.
Wetlands restoration requires the establishment of wetlands from areas such as farmland that was once a wetlands (prior converted). These sites contain the necessary hydric soils to support wetlands vegetation but require changes to hydrology and planting of the necessary vegetation. Some sites require replacement of soil such as in coastal systems with coastal erosion issues. In these cases, either sediment rich water or dredge material is provided utilizing pumps, diversion or other techniques.
Wetlands enhancement includes enhancing the hydrology or vegetation to improve the quality of wetlands on site. This includes hydrology modifications or planting to return the wetlands area into a more pristine state.
Constructed wetlands are typically wetlands that are used for environmental treatment. Many municipalities and industrial clients are using shallow bed or deep bed systems to treat their waste. Heritage helps with the design and construction of these systems for various clients.