stream restoration

WLS featured in NC Policy Watch publication!

Water & Land Solutions (WLS) staff along with the NC Division of Mitigation Services (NCDMS) were recently involved with an NC Policy Watch publication highlighting the value and challenges of compensatory mitigation and ecosystem restoration. This environmental policy article was released a few months after NC legislature representatives visited WLS projects to learn about the ecological importance and financial structure of these restoration projects. As a mitigation provider for both NCDMS and NCDOT, WLS takes pride in implementing high quality projects and educating the public on why restoration is critical to improving water quality, wildlife habitat, and protecting our natural resources.

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Field Class Time!

Last week Adam and Catherine spent a few days acquainting our new hires Kyle, Emily, and Nick on the intricacies and processes associated with some of our mitigation sites. The crew got a great look at both Coastal Plain and Piedmont sites. The team reviewed hydric soil conditions, wetland delineation, and baseline data collection methods to assess stream conditions. WLS is excited about the new additions to the team and integrating them into our existing projects. As a company comprised of engineers and scientists, we take great pleasure in developing our People through education, research, and project implementation.


Friday, February 23, 2018



Raleigh, North Carolina, USA (February 23, 2018) – Water & Land Solutions, LLC (WLS), today announced the hiring of Christopher M. Sheats as its’ Natural Resources Department Manager, Chris is an aquatic biologist and wetland scientist within the Environmental Industry, bringing over fifteen (15) years of field and project management experience to the WLS Family.  “As Manager of our newly formed Natural Resources Department, Chris will be responsible for building our Natural Resources Department and furthering our mission to improve environmental systems throughout the Southeast US”, said Adam V. McIntyre, CEO & Co-Founder of WLS.  “We are ecstatic to have Chris join the WLS family.  I’ve worked with and have been good friends with Chris for over 14 years.  He brings the ideal combination of outstanding technical skills and the ethical and moral traits that we desire in our team members”.

Chris spent the last 13 years as a Wetland Scientist & Aquatic Biologist for Three Oaks Engineering and The Catena Group,  where he honed his expertise in aquatic species surveys, wetland delineations, the development of NRTR’s, GIS, graphics mapping, EIS’s and EA’s, while working with all facets of state and federal municipalities and agencies.  Chris received his B.S in Botany, from NC State University and has an extensive background in leading natural resource investigations throughout all ecoregions of the Southeast, including jurisdictional wetland and stream delineations, wetland and stream mitigation and monitoring, threatened and endangered species surveys, natural systems assessments, benthic macroinvertebrate sampling, stream classifications, stream mitigation construction over-site and natural community classification. 

About WLS:

Water & Land Solutions (WLS) is a hybrid mitigation solutions and ecosystem restoration firm with expertise in compensatory mitigation, market research, environmental consulting, land resource planning, and regulatory permitting. Our specialized experience in mitigation banking and design ensures that investors and stakeholders will maximize credit yields and profits while minimizing risk and complying with current environmental regulations. At WLS, our business philosophy and guiding principles seek to improve the ecological value and financial performance for each project. We integrate the latest advancements and applied research in natural sciences, water resource engineering, and construction practices to implement meaningful and sustainable projects. 

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