Hodgson Mitigation BankApril 24, 2021
Great Pee Dee Mitigation BankOctober 17, 2022
Nestled in the northern panhandle of West Virginia, Tomlinson Run is located within the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources Tomlinson Run State Park in the Upper Ohio River North HUC 8 Watershed (05030101). Credits generated from this bank provide compensatory stream mitigation credits for unavoidable impacts to waters of the United States authorized under Sections 401 and 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act.
A pioneering public-private partnership between WLS and the WV DNR, this project has not only restored an ecosystem, but also has provided far-reaching benefits to the public.
Some of the benefits include:
- 7,891 linear feet of restored stream
- 8,906 indigenous trees planted
- Eradication of invasive species
- Aquatic and wildlife habitat improvements
- Creation of forested wetlands adjacent to the stream to offset pollution and stream erosion
- 2,000 feet of accessible trails
- 5 accessible platforms from which to fish or view wildlife
- New, accessible pedestrian bridges over stream tributaries
The credits generated from this project are available to projects required to offset environmental impacts within the same watershed. In this way, economic development and environmental restoration work together to improve ecological functioning and compensate for environmental impacts.
Read more about this pioneering project.
Primary Service Area:
Upper Ohio North and
Upper Ohio South
Linear Feet of Stream:
- Promote nutrient and sediment reduction by restoring and preserving wetlands, streams, and riparian buffers.
- Increase connectivity to the surrounding floodplain allowing for sustainable and diverse wildlife habitat and vegetative cover.
- Increase macro-invertebrate populations by improving aquatic habitats.
- Improve bank stability with the installation of natural reinforcements and forested riparian buffers.
- Infrastructure improvements throughout the park.
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.
Michael SciscoUnique Places to Save
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.
Darrell T WestmorelandNorth State Environmental, Inc.
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.
Roger C. WolfeWest Virginia Department of Natural Resources
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.
Bob RossRosscapes Inc.
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.
LeiLani PaughNorth Carolina Department of Transportation
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.
Ken HolbrooksThe Bayard Group