Located in southwestern Pennsylvania, Rocky Run is a proposed stream and wetland mitigation bank in the Upper Ohio-Wheeling River Basin, PA State Watershed 20. The bank will provide stream and wetland mitigation credits to compensate for unavoidable impacts to waters of the United States and waters of the Commonwealth authorized under Sections 401 and 404 of the Clean Water Act, Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, and Title 25, Chapter 105 of the Pennsylvania Code.
Rocky Run’s mitigation goals and objectives are based on the current resource condition and functional capacity to improve and protect diverse aquatic resources by utilizing a floodplain and legacy sediment removal restoration approach. WLS’s restoration efforts will expand and establish stream-wetland complexes, restore, and enhance stream and groundwater exchange, improve stream geomorphology to reduce erosion and sedimentation, and increase density and diversity of native riparian buffer species through planting and invasive species management.
Primary Service Area:
PA Service Area 20
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Working with Water and Land Solutions has been a great way to help improve aquatic habitat on our properties while stabilizing the streambanks and creating an overall better ecosystem and a multitude educational opportunities for visitors. The diversity and complexity built into the enhancements designed by Water and Land Solutions and their staff are only surpassed by the sustainability of the final stream system once it has been restored.
WLS has responded to, and been selected for, multiple private bank contracts with NCDOT across the state through a competitive bid process. They have delivered stream and wetland bank credits that will be used for compensatory mitigation for NCDOT roadway projects over the next several years.
Knowing WLS understands the ever-evolving regulations and the technical site conditions makes a huge difference in our interest level of working with the team at WLS. As new relationships need fostering in land owners, developers, homeowner associations and local municipalities, it’s even more important to us that who we partner with can meander the mine fields of the process delicately and diligently.
North State Environmental had the opportunity to work with WLS on two great projects in 2020 that had tight timelines, as many mitigation projects do. Our staff worked closely together to expedite construction, ensuring that both were completed in time to be planted during the dormant season. Even though the weather and field adjustments attempted to slow down the construction, the NSE crews and WLS staff worked to overcome these issues and build successful projects.
I met Nate in 2010 while working on the Crabapple stream and wetland mitigation project. We have worked together on several successful projects throughout the Appalachian Region since then. If I had to choose one word to best describe Nate, it’s trustworthy. I trust him as a friend, a colleague, and a stream designer, and would recommend him to anyone.
Unique Places to Save is a conservation non-profit that works with mitigation company partners, landowners and regulators to hold perpetual conservation easements over stream, wetland and species mitigation projects. We have worked with WLS on numerous mitigation banks in North Carolina. We enjoy working with WLS due to their superior level of professionalism and high standards of quality work on all their projects. WLS not only understands the science and economics of mitigation work, but also understands the needs and concerns of landowners, partners and local communities when conducting their mitigation practice.