Environmental Education

Press Release

Monday, December 4, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Local Environmental Firm Selected to Educate International Venture Capital and Finance Sector Professionals on Fast-Growing Niche Mitigation Banking & Stream Restoration Industry

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA (DECEMBER 4, 2017) – A select group of 50 Top Innovators from across the United States working in the Technology, Clean-tech, Life Sciences and Ed-Tech sectors were chosen to present to an exclusive audience of Venture Capitalists, Private Investors, Investment Bankers, Corporate Investors, and Strategic Partners.  Water and Land Solutions, LLC (WLS) is excited to announce that it has been invited to speak at this year’s New England Venture Summit, to be held December 6, 2017 at Lombardo’s Conference Center in Boston Randolph, MA.

As a successful investment start-up in ecosystem restoration and mitigation banking, WLS has quickly established itself as a national leader in the industry. In just over three years, WLS has developed 14 mitigation sites that restore, enhance and protect over 1,600 total acres, 1,400 wetland acres, and 120,000 linear feet of stream located  in NC, SC, VA, TN, and TX.  The firm’s business approach and core values allow them to successfully implement mitigation projects while placing an emphasis on building relations with stakeholders to ensure long term success; and build a community rapport that will leave the earth in better condition for future generations.  CEO Adam V. McIntyre, and his team, have over 70 years of combined environmental conservation and restoration experience in this growing niche industry, including providing educational workshops to local communities and schools in an effort to expand awareness of the importance of this conservation work.

Participants of the session will gain insight into real world and pragmatic investment scenarios, as well as the financial benefits of compensatory mitigation banking.

Adam’s presentation will take place at the Summit on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 during the Clean-tech Presentation Track (Sub-Category: Mitigation & Stream Restoration).

The 12th annual New England Venture Summit, presented by youngStartup Ventures, is the premier industry gathering connecting venture capitalists, corporate VCs, angel investors, technology transfer professionals, senior executives of early stage and emerging growth companies, university researchers, incubators and premier service providers.

About Venture Summit:
To learn more about youngStartup Ventures and the New England Venture Summit visit: http://www.youngstartup.com/

About WLS:
Water & Land Solutions (WLS) is a hybrid mitigation solutions and ecosystem restoration firm that incorporates expertise in compensatory mitigation, market analysis, environmental consulting, land management, and regulatory permitting.  Our mitigation banking experience and specialized expertise ensures that investors and stakeholders will maximize credit yields and profits while complying with current environmental regulations.  At WLS, our philosophy and guiding principles seek to maximize the financial and ecological value for each project.  We employ the latest advancements in natural sciences, engineering, and construction practices to implement successful restoration projects.  

To learn more about WLS visit: http://www.waterlandsolutions.com/

About Adam V. McIntyre:
Adam V. McIntyre is recognized as a leader in the mitigation industry having managed all facets of mitigation projects throughout multiple States in the U.S.  He has worked with or in over 10 different US Army Corp of Engineers districts and has experience working with multiple different credit procurement approaches to mitigation development.  As a watershed hydrologist, he has extensive experience in the scientific components of project success.  Adam has the unique experience of working with all aspects of mitigation banking including site planning and development, site design, and full construction experience along with the long-term monitoring and maintenance of completed projects.  Adam has been actively involved with the National Mitigation Banking Association for several years.  He has served as Vice President of the NC Environmental Restoration Association (NCERA) during a significant time period for that organization.  He was selected to serve as the Treasurer on the Inaugural Board for the South Carolina Mitigation Association (SCMA).

When he is not working, Adam spends his time chasing his three kids around Wake Forest, NC.  Adam holds a Bachelor's of Science in Natural Resource Management from North Carolina State University and has completed graduate level courses in watershed sciences.  He has received training in all levels of Rosgen natural channel design (Levels I-IV) and has received various certifications for stormwater device design and maintenance.  Adam is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys the challenges of hiking, hunting, and various sports.  He is also very active in missions work through his church and other organizations.  Adam is the founder of Water Quality and Health Federation, a non-profit whose mission is to improve access to clean water resources and promote environmental awareness in developing communities.  

Environmental Education

East Chapel Hill High School

For the past two weeks we have been working on designing environmental education signs for a local high school.  The students and teachers of East Chapel Hill High School planed a landscape restoration project on their school grounds.  The goal of the project was to plant native pollinators as well as native wetland plants.  The educational signs will serve as a way to make the newly planted landscape a great educational resource for the school and for the community as well!

This past weekend members of the WLS team helped install the signs, and we are happy to announce they and the landscape look great! There are three signs which display information about Native Pollinators, Problems Pollinators Face, and Wetlands.  We are very excited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony coming up in the next week!


Happy Earth Day!

Here are some facts you might not know about Earth Day...  

1. The first Earth Day was on April 22, 1970.  Earth Day originated in the U.S. but became recognized worldwide by 1990.

2. Earth day got its start after Sen. Gaylord Nelson visited a site of an oil spill near Santa Barbara in 1969.  He wanted to find a way to mobilize a grassroots movement to raise awareness of environmental issues.

3. Today Earth Day is usually associated with small-scale tree plantings and volunteer cleanup projects, but the first Earth Day had its sights on bigger political change.

4. Earth Day demonstrations contributed to creating public support and lead to the formation of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) as well as the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered species acts.  

5. This year more than 1 billion people are expected to participate in Earth Day events in 192 countries.


What is a Head Cut?

A head cut is a physical feature found in a stream.  It is an erosional feature found in both intermittent (flows only part of the year) and perennial (flows continuously all year) streams.  A head cut occurs where there is an abrupt vertical drop in the streambed.  They usually begin at a knickpoint (sharp change in channel slope) which can be as subtle as an over-steepened riffle or as obvious as a waterfall.  At the base of a head cut a small plunge pool is usually found, caused by the high energy of falling water. As the streambed erodes and lowers the knickpoint the active head cut will migrate upstream.  This is a problem because when a head cut moves up a stream it causes channel incision (the channel bed lowering or down cutting).  This causes the stream to lose access to its floodplain.  Which causes the stream channel to erode even faster because the waters energy is not being dispersed over the floodplain.  The eroding banks lead to trees falling into the stream, therefore causing more erosion.  

The past week on one of our project sites we saw a great example of a head cut.  Below is a picture of the head cut which can be see with a waterfall flowing over the roots of a tree into a pool at the bottom.  Also included is a picture of upstream of the head cut where you can see the stream is in fairly good shape and a picture downstream of the head cut where you can see severe eroding and several trees which are nearly falling in. 


Problems Pollinators Are Facing

How Can You Help?!

Our Bees and other insect pollinators are facing many environmental challenges.  These include habitat loss, degradation, fragmentation, as well as competition from non-native species, diseases, pollution, and climate change.  Most pollinator habitats have been lost to agriculture, and urban and suburban development. Pesticides are a major threat, especially ones with chemicals that remain in the environment for a long time before degrading.  

You can help by planting a pollinator garden!

The biggest need pollinating species have is that they require a diverse source of nectar and pollen throughout the growing season.  When planting your own pollinator garden you want to plant in clumps to better attract the pollinators. It is important to choose plants with a variety of colors that also flower at different time of the year. Finally, try to plant native plants when possible, these native plants will attract more native pollinators and will serve as larval host plants, therefore bringing even more pollinators to the area.  To find pollinator plants that are native to your area check out the NAPPC’s Ecoregional Planting Guides http://www.pollinator.org/guides.htm

Daffodils - Genus: Narcissus

Daffodils - Genus: Narcissus


Prescribed Burn Practices

What is a Prescribed Burn?!

Recently members of our staff went to see how an old restoration project was holding up.  Interestingly enough the park is using prescribed burn practices surrounding the restoration area.  Why would you purposely set a forest on fire you might ask?

A prescribed fire/burn is the controlled application of fire under specific weather conditions that helps restore health to fire-adapted environments.  The purpose of these burns is to reintroduce the beneficial effects of fire into an ecosystem.  Burning safely reduces excess amounts of brush, shrubs, and trees therefore allowing new growth of native vegetation.  The fire opens up the soil while also returning nutrients to it, and can therefore aid in the recovery of the desired species.  Many species of trees, plants and grasses thrive with the stimulation from the fire and smoke. In the coastal plains, plant species have adapted to fires occurring due to natural conditions like lighting.  Some species that have become dependent on fire to thrive are wiregrass, long leaf pine, and Venus fly traps.


What is a Crayfish Mud Chimney?

This past week a few WLS staff members conducted various field work in Texas.  Throughout the trip we stumbled upon several Crayfish Chimneys. What are Crayfish chimneys you might ask? They are small mounds of dirt that Crayfish pile up while making tunnels. Crayfish are an aquatic species, but there are a few burrowing or terrestrial species. These burrowing crayfish use gills to extract oxygen from water, yet they spend most of their lives on land.  They dig burrows down to ground water in order to have a source of oxygen. This is why they are found around poorly drained soils near streams. When constructing their tunnels they throw mud around the exit hole.  A chimney can range anywhere from 3 to 8 inches.  Crayfish play an important role in our aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, they are a source of food for many animals as well as consumers of plant and animal material. 


Look at All Those BENTHIC MACROINVERTEBRATES!

Monteith Monitoring Report


Water & Land Solutions is in its second year of monitoring one of the most unique mitigation banks in the industry which is located north of Charlotte, North Carolina.  This past week WLS team members finished collecting data needed to complete the 2016 Monitoring Report.  We are happy to announce that the project is looking great!  We found great diversity and quantities of various benthic macroinvertebrates (small animals living among stones, logs, sediments and aquatic plants on the bottom of streams, rivers, and lakes).  These “benthics” indicate the stream is on its way to becoming a healthy and vibrant ecosystem! Some organisms that we discovered included crayfish, salamanders, mayflies, caddisfly, and a damselfly.  Considering that benthic surveys of the stream prior to construction indicated no presence of any of these benthics, this is a great example of success in a short timeframe!  It’s great to see that our hard work pays off by creating great habitats for these key species.

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Pictured above is a Damselfly.  These insects are very similar to dragonflies, but have slimmer bodies.  The pictured Damselfly is in the nymph stage, which live in a variety of freshwater habitats.

Pictured above is Salamander. It is an amphibian, typically characterized by its lizard like appearance. They have permeable skin which makes them reliant on habitats that are in or around water.

Pictured above is Salamander. It is an amphibian, typically characterized by its lizard like appearance. They have permeable skin which makes them reliant on habitats that are in or around water.