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EPR believes we all have a responsibility to provide a healthy environment for our neighbors and future generations. Periodically, we will spotlight our staff coming together to “Give Back” to the communities and ecosystems where we live and work. Follow our collective efforts at www.eprusa.net to learn more about how we support healthy and sustainable communities.

Giving Back to Bolivar Beach

EPR staff have a special connection to Bolivar Beach, located in Port Bolivar, Texas and a short ferry ride from Galveston. Over the past several years, we’ve worked tirelessly to assist in an ongoing project to restore 125 acres of coastal habitat to this community. The project “upcycles” material dredged from the nearby ferry landing to replenish eroded areas of Bolivar Beach, and to restore recreational opportunities, wildlife habitat, and water quality to the community.

Environmental stewardship, one of EPR’s main values, serves as a constant inspiration to our team who truly cares about the environment. As stewards of the land, we feel a deep responsibility to future generations, which is why EPR partnered up with the Texas General Land Office’s Adopt-A-Beach program to help keep Bolivar Beach safe and clean. EPR staff, working in conjunction with Keep Bolivar Beautiful, have committed to collecting and responsibly disposing of litter throughout the year.

With new recreational opportunities also come new challenges, but EPR strongly believes that positive change happens one step at a time. We are proud to say that our first two cleanup events were a great success! As the beach continues to grow, so will our special connection to this community and the coastal environment. If you’re in the area, see the progress on Bolivar Beach and meet the people of the historic Port Bolivar community!

Through the Texas GLO Program, 552,788 Adopt-A-Beach volunteers have cleaned 11,057 miles and picked up 9,732 tons of trash. Consider becoming a Beach Adopter and join thousands of other stewards of the land working towards a better future!

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, PA — Ecosystem Planning and Restoration (EPR) was contracted by the East Pennsboro Township Authority to conduct rapid stream assessments of 10 separate stream systems within the Township jurisdiction. The purpose of this comprehensive assessment was to identify restoration sites that would fulfill the Township’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit (more…)

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — Conservationists have restored more than 3,000 feet of eroded streambank along the Fisher river in Surry County.

Surry County Commissioner Ed Harris said, “the restoration work comes at a time when more residents are seeking outdoor physical activity and ways to practice social distancing.”

“These resources are really valuable to Surry County, especially now in the height of a pandemic”
Harris said.

The 60 mile long Fisher River is heavily used for kayaking and fishing. The project was led by Surry County, Resource Institute, and several other environmental organizations.

Harris said the area surrounding the river had become unsafe.

“We actually had to tape it off with a barrier to prevent anyone from getting near the stream,” he said. “And it was several hundred feet that we restored, and it was right in the main part of the park. Sediment is the biggest pollutant in North Carolina, and this river system was contributing a large amount”.

Project Engineer, Jake Byers said, “the changes will improve aquatic habitat, restore floodplain connectivity and boost the biological health of the waterway.”
Nadia Ramlagan, Public News Service – NC

Original story at https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2020-03-31/environment/stream-restoration-project-improves-surry-co-recreational-hub/a69727-1

EPR is working with the Blue Ridge Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. (BRRCD) on the Grassy Creek Stream Restoration Project (Project) in Mitchell County, NC. The goal of the project is to improve water quality, aquatic habitat, floodplain connectivity, and riparian vegetation density/diversity of Grassy Creek. BRRCD seeks to remove Grassy Creek from the State 303d list and ultimately reintroduce native fish species to Grassy Creek, keeping with their mission statement “…to improve the natural and human resources to make the Seven County Area a better place to live, work, and play”. BRRCD is supporting this project through State 319 and other grant funding sources. EPR is working with BRRCD to ensure that the project goals are met, and all project stakeholders are satisfied with the outcome. EPR conducted an existing condition geomorphic assessment of the site, evaluated project feasibility and alternatives, worked closely with BRRCD to select a final design approach, developed detailed designs, and provided bid-phase services and construction observation during project construction. EPR also coordinated with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to relocate fish and other aquatic wildlife, including several eastern hellbender salamanders, from the existing channel to the newly constructed stream.

EPR was honored to be a partner alongside Resource Institute and construction contractor, North State Environmental, in this important project to reduce erosion, restore buffers, improve aquatic habitat and biological health of the river, and restore floodplain connectivity along the Fisher River. The project restored and enhanced approximately 2,651 linear feet (LF) of river and associated riparian buffer along the Fisher River within Fisher River Park in Surry County, NC. Another 772 (LF) of stream was restored along an unnamed tributary to the Fisher River. The river is now a focal point for park users again, and aquatic and terrestrial habitat have greatly improved.