Fisher river restoration project

Stream Restoration Project Improves Surry Co. Recreational Hub

March 31, 2020

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — Conservationists have restored more than 3,000 feet of eroded streambank along the Fisher river in Surry County. The river runs through the county’s only state park, which provides an outdoor-recreational space for more than 70,000 North Carolinians.

Fisher River restoration project - Surry Co., NC

Fisher River restoration project – Surry Co., NC

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.

Fisher river restoration project - Surry Co., NC

Fisher River restoration project – Surry Co., NC

Jake Byers is a senior water resources engineer with Ecosystem Planning Restoration. He said the improvements to the Fisher River mean cleaner drinking water for residents living downstream.

Sediment is the biggest pollutant in North Carolina,” Byers said. “And this river system was contributing a large amount.

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


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Recording vegetation growth and stem counts.

EPR Employees In Action

December 5, 2019

Monitoring season is in full swing – This project is an ongoing stream/wetland mitigation monitoring site. Last week EPR reviewed the site for vegetation, in-stream structures, cross sections.

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Grassy Creek Stream Restoration Project – Mitchell County, NC

November 19, 2019

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.  

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Restoring Fisher River Park in Surry County, North Carolina

September 12, 2019

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.

See more “before” and “after” photos of this project below.

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Turnball Estates Living Shoreline Project

Designing One of The First Living Shorelines in Maryland Using Reef Balls Technology

September 4, 2019

Ecosystem Planning and Restoration, LLC (EPR) was contracted by Resource Restoration Group, LLC (RRG) to develop a living shoreline design for the Arundel Rivers Federation (ARF) along a shoreline within Glebe Bay and the South River in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. This segment of shoreline, owned by the Turnbull Estates Homeowner’s Association, is affected by a moderate shoreline erosion rate and has been identified by ARF as a major source of sediment to Glebe Bay, home to an existing oyster sanctuary. EPR was hired by RRG (as the construction contractor for the work) to design the living shoreline. EPR’s proposed design helps prevent further erosion and improve oyster habitat through the incorporation of Reef BallsTM, referred to as oyster balls when targeted for oyster habitat creation, within the living shoreline design. Reef BallsTM are a patented technology developed by the Reef Ball Foundation ( and are designed to provide stable artificial habitat that can promote marine animal and plant colonization, including oysters. Due to their ability to attenuate waves, they have been used for some shoreline stabilization projects within the Southeastern United States; however, this use can still be considered experimental in the Maryland area. This is the first time these structures are intended to work in a shoreline and marsh restoration effort. The Glebe Bay/Turnbull Estates Living Shoreline project is now currently being constructed. As of August 27, 2019, nearly six dozen concrete reef balls with baby oysters have been planted along the waterfront.

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INC. 5000 recognizes EPR as one of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies for 2019

August 14, 2019

Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000

For the 3rd Consecutive Year, Ecosystem Planning and Restoration (EPR) Appears on the Inc. 5000,
Ranking No. 2641

NEW YORK, August 14, 2019 – Inc. magazine today revealed that Ecosystem Planning and Restoration (EPR) is No. 2641 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Of the tens of thousands of companies that have applied to the Inc. 5000 over the years, only a fraction have made the list more than once. A mere one in eight companies have made the list 3 times. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“This honor is recognition of the hard work that the EPR Team has performed over the last three years. EPR strives to provide innovative and high-quality environmental services to our clients. The EPR Team continues to build client relationships, foster new opportunities, and provide solutions to our clients’ needs. Since EPRs inception in 2012, we have developed a diverse client base with an extremely diverse resume of projects. We look forward to continuing to serve our clients, providing quality ecosystem planning and restoration services!”                                                                                                                                                                   – Sonny Kaiser

Not only have the companies on the 2019 Inc. 5000 (which are listed online at, with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc., available on newsstands August 20) been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists. The 2019 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 454 percent, and a median rate of 157 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $237.7 billion in 2018, accounting for 1,216,308 jobs over the past three years.

Ecosystem Planning and Restoration, LLC Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at . “The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have followed so many different paths to success,” says Inc. editor in chief James Ledbetter. “There’s no single course you can follow or investment you can take that will guarantee this kind of spectacular growth. But what they have in common is persistence and seizing opportunities.”

Ecosystem Planning and Restoration (EPR) was created in 2012 to be a premier environmental planning and ecosystem restoration company. As a small business focusing on ecosystem restoration and environmental services, their desire is to provide the highest quality products, and to improve the science and application of stream, wetland and terrestrial restoration through innovative projects and applied research. EPR staff have assessed, planned and designed ecosystem restoration projects throughout the United States, representing a wide range of conditions and challenges. Their experience is unmatched and includes the design of hundreds of stream and wetland restoration projects as well as SWM facilities, construction management, watershed planning, monitoring and the applied research to continually advance restoration science.

EPR staff has capabilities for conducting resources assessments (e.g., wetland delineation, forest stand delineation, threatened and endangered species assessment), design development, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, construction-ready design plan set preparation, project report documentation, permit application preparation, construction bid document preparation, construction oversight and/or management, and pre- and post-construction monitoring. Additionally, EPR staff has conducted a full range of environmental planning and compliance support including report preparation, technical investigations, analysis and field work. They have worked with cities, states, and federal agencies to help all interested parties participate in the planning process. They have widespread experience with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and have prepared Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements, and Categorical Exclusions.

CONTACT: Sonny Kaiser – Principal
Phone: 832-399-3400
Ecosystem Planning and Restoration, LLC

  INC 5000 More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Methodology The 2019 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2015 and 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2015. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2018. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2015 is $100,000; the minimum for 2018 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at About Inc. Media Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Inc. took home the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. The total monthly audience reach for the brand has been growing significantly, from 2,000,000 in 2010 to more than 20,000,000 today. For more information, visit The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates the remarkable achievements of these companies. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions. The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring the companies on the list will be held October 10 to 12, 2019, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. As always, speakers include some of the greatest innovators and business leaders of our generation. For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit

Best Firm to Work For 2018!

May 25, 2018

We are honored to announce that EPR has been recognized for the second year in a row on the Zweig Group Best Firms to Work for Awards! EPR placed #2 in the Environmental Services category for 2018.

The Best Firms to Work For Award, published by the Zweig Group, recognizes the top architecture, structural engineering, civil engineering, environmental, geotechincal engineering, landscape architecture/planning, and multi-discipline firms in the US and Canada based on their workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates, and much more.

EPR was established to be the premier ecosystem planning and restoration services company. We promote innovation and leadership in a niche industry, and EPR management and staff take pride in our work and the firm that we have created. We recognize the extraordinary efforts of our staff in shaping our culture and work environment and strive to attract only the best-of-the-best to continue growing our team.

At EPR, we strive to create an exciting and challenging work environment that keeps people growing, yearning to do more, learn more, and excel. Over the last year, EPR invested in new markets and new service lines, creating opportunities for our staff to work in new states with new clients developing more larger and more challenging projects. We continue to look for opportunities to set the standards in a niche industry.

Please take an opportunity to view our webpage ( We are always looking for great team members to grow EPR.

EPR Makes Inc. 5000 List!

August 21, 2017

Each year for 36 years, Inc. has recognized the fastest-growing private companies in America, and this year’s set of winners places the bar very high indeed. Companies that made the list, on average, have grown sixfold since 2013. During a stretch when the economy grew just 6.7 percent, that’s a result most businesses could only dream of.   EPR has earned the position of #508 on the 2017 Inc. 5000. The average company on the list achieved a three-year growth of 481% while EPR performed at a growth of 877.15%, ranking second in the Environmental Services industry. As an Inc. 5000 honoree, EPR now shares a spot with companies like Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, GoPro, Timberland, Patagonia, and dozens of alumni that have gone onto become household names.   The Inc. 5000 list is a recognition of the fastest-growing firms in America and labels them as “creators”.  They create companies, they create value, and they create jobs. The Inc. 5000 list’s aggregate revenue is $206 billion, generating 619,631 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at   This honor is recognition of the hard work that the EPR Team has performed over the last three years. EPR strives to provide innovative and high quality environmental services to our clients. The EPR Team continues to build client relationships, foster new opportunities, and provide solutions to our clients needs. Since EPRs inception in 2012, we have developed a diverse client base with an extremely diverse resume of projects. We look forward to continuing to serve our clients, providing quality ecosystem planning and restoration services! Please visit our website at

Houston Office Moves to New Location

June 12, 2017

As we grow our Environmental and Engineering staff to continue to serve our existing and new clients, the EPR Houston Office has a new address.

Please stop by and visit with one of our specialists. For a full list of services that EPR provides please visit our Services pages.

Our new address is: 17575 North Eldridge Parkway, Building C, Tomball, TX 77377