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​​​​​​Stream, Wetland & Ecological Restoration

Sample Projects

Since our inception in 1995 BayLand has documented the profound influence that streams and natural areas play on the health of tidal waterways, particularly within the Chesapeake Bay.  The effects of urbanization, agriculture and other land uses clearly point to the need to look upstream to effect land use change and restoration of degraded streams, wetlands and other natural areas.  In 2000 BayLand joined forces with Clear Creeks Consulting, LLC​ to immediately strengthen our capability to evaluate and restore these degraded upland natural areas.  The BayLand/Clear Creeks team integrates seasoned and highly credentialed stream and ecological restoration experts with solid engineering, science and other technical support personnel.  We use natural restorat​ion techniques and we focus to implement, not perpetuate restoration work.  Our team works on stream corridor and ecosystem restoration from New York to North Carolina.  Our record of stream and river corridor restoration accomplishments includes over 800 miles of stream and floodplain assessment; 30 miles of designed and constructed stream restoration projects and 200 acres of constructed wetlands.


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North Branch of Cypress Creek Stream & Ecological Restoration
Anne Arundel County, Maryland
Construction Completed – Spring 2013
Conducted assessment, permitting, design and construction management of comprehensive restoration to address unique watershed and site conditions, control runoff from the 475 acre urban watershed, maximize water quality treatment, correct stream channel erosion and sedimentation, reduce the need for future downstream tidal dredging, restore natural floodplain functions, and improve in-stream and riparian habitat.  
Project Attributes:
     * Restores 3,630 LF of mainstem and tributaries
     * Provides 5.3 acre-feet Water Quality Volume
            - 60 acres of equivalent impervious treatment
            - Reduction in sediment, nutrient and other                           pollutant loads
     * Creates/Restores 7.4 acres of wetlands – Net Gain of          3.3 acres
            - In-line headwater wetland
            - Forested wetlands
            - Emergent wetlands
            - Tidal wetlands
            - Seepage wetlands
            - ​Creates 4.5 acre riparian forest
     * Enhances/Diversifies in-stream and riparian habitat​
WheelCreek.jpgLower Wheel Creek Stream Restoration
Harford County, Maryland
Conducted assessment, permitting and design for the restoration of Lower Wheel Creek including: stabilizing eroding stream banks, terraces and slopes; restoring stable channel dimensions; and improving sediment transport capacity. The design employs in-stream structures including log-boulder step-pools, constructed riffles, log-boulder j-hooks, log-hook runs, toewood and soil fabric lifts and creates significant in-stream habitat along 5,700 feet of the creek and its tributaries. The project design included BMP designs of four water quality wetland basins to manage run-off from adjacent residential subdivisions and enhance water quality throughout the project reach and lower watershed..

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North Grays Bog Wetland Restoration
Anne Arundel County, Maryland

Completed planning, permitting, design, construction management, grant acquisition and agency/community coordination for the restoration of a 2-acre rare and globally significant (G4) stream, wetland and tidal marsh complex at the head of Grays Creek off the Magothy River.  

Project Attributes:

     * 2 acres phragmites eradication

     * 2 acres of bog habitat creation

     * Open water

     * Sand hummocks

     * Cranberry terraces

     * Tidal marsh – sea level fen

     * Forested wetlands

     * Emergent marsh

     * 2,400 native plants

     * 1,200 LF stream daylighting and stream corridor                restoration

     * Beneficial use of dredged material​

BroadBranch.jpgBroad Branch Stream Daylighting Design
Washington, D.C.
BayLand-Clear Creeks was a key member of a team selected based on professional qualifications and innovative technical approach to design the daylighting of Broad Branch, a tributary to Rock Creek located in Northeast Washington, D.C. The BayLand-Clear Creeks design addressed restoration of 1,600 feet of dry stream channel and retrofit restoration of 700 feet of stormwater drainages using regenerative step-pool storm conveyances (RSPSC). The project is schedule for construction in 2013.
BigCreek.jpgBig Creek Stream Restoration
Westfield, North Carolina
Conducted assessment and design for portions of Big Creek, a tributary to the Dan River in the Upper Roanoke River drainage system. Phase 1 of the project reach drained a 7.6 square mile watershed and involved restoration construction of 4,280 feet of Big Creek and creation of 1.5 acres of wetlands. Phase 2 restoration assessment and design was completed for an additional 3,800 feet reach of Big Creek located immediately downstream of Phase 1 and is scheduled for construction in 2013.
LakeHills.jpgLake Hills Ecological Restoration
Forsyth County, North Carolina
Completed assessment, design and construction management of a comprehensive project to restore and enhance the natural resources along Mill Creek #3, a tributary to Muddy Creek in the Yadkin-Pee Dee River Basin. The restoration included 3,080 feet of stream channel, creation of a 3.2 acre oxbow lake with trail system and pedestrian footbridge, and creation of wet meadows and willow/alder swamps in the adjacent floodplain. Completed in 2010
WarnerCreek.JPGWarner Creek Stream Restoration Assessment and Design
Phoenicia, New York
BayLand-Clear Creeks were selected by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) and Ulster County Soil & Water Conservation District (USCWCD) to survey, assess and complete a preliminary design for approximately 6,800 LF of a degraded and failing channel in Warner Creek.  Warner Creek is a tributary to Stony Clove/Esopus Creek which drains to the Ashokan​ Reservoir, a major drinking supply for New York City. Completed 2011.