Our goal is to restore, enhance, and protect our natural resources with the intent of leaving this Earth better than we found it.
One of our Long Term Stewards-Unique Places Conservation- featured a WLS project this month. The Hollowell Mitigation Site! Click the link below to learn more about this site and to see some awesome aerial photos!
Time spent on our Yadkin 01 bank sites last week makes us appreciate the work we do to restore our degraded natural systems. These sites were buzzing (literally!) with both flora and fauna. The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus) was everywhere nectaring on the newly sprouted Bearded Beggarticks (Bidens aristosa).
Click below to learn more about the Eastern Swallowtail's and to see more pictures from our Yadkin 01 sites!
Time spent on our Yadkin 01 bank sites last week makes us appreciate the work we do to restore our degraded natural systems. These sites were buzzing (literally!) with both flora and fauna. The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus ) was everywhere nectari
Happy 5 Year Anniversary Catherine Manner! Thank you for all you do for WLS. Click below to see what Catherine's co-workers have to say about her.
Happy 5 Year Anniversary Catherine! Thank you for all you do for WLS. Read below to see what Catherine’s co-workers have to say about her. If anyone ever asked me to provide some insight on what a simple but critical path would be to start a new company and be successful, I would describe it lik
WLS is enjoying a little construction oversight on the Scarborough Mitigation Site. What a beautiful day! This project is moving towards the end of construction and looking great!
The heat at our Mitigation Site is unBEARable🐻🐾
📸 Kyle Obermiller
WLS is waving goodbye, at a social distance, with lobster claws! Thank you for all you have done for WLS Nikki! We wish you the best of luck with your move to Bar Harbor, Maine. We hope you enjoy eating lobster every day :)
This spring WLS constructed four projects! In total WLS restored over 27,000 linear feet of streams, over 13 acres of wetlands, and planted over 63,000 trees. These projects also provide 650,000 square feet of riparian buffer credit and 65,000 pounds of nutrient offset credits.
Our four projects permanently protected more than 115 acres of forested riparian land through permanent conservation easements. It was a busy spring but we got the job done!
Happy 5 Year Anniversary Kayne Van Stell!
Kayne Van Stell is many things: devoted husband and father, ecological restoration savant, angler, and noted Chicago-phile to name just a few. He is NOT married to Kim Kardashian, despite what his favorite t-shirt may imply!
Kayne, on behalf of the WLS Team, landowners, contractors, clients, and the ecological restoration industry, thank you for five incredible years at WLS!
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Water & Land Solutions is excited to announce the addition of Sammy Jo Hinnant as our Mitigation Coordinator! Sammy Jo brings 8 years of legal experience with extensive knowledge in real estate closings and case management. Welcome to the team Sammy Jo!
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WLS is excited to welcome Nate Ober to the team! Nate has managed and designed over 100 miles of stream and wetland restoration projects, drawing from more than 17 years of experience in fluvial geomorphology, ecosystem restoration design, construction management, and post-restoration monitoring.
Want to learn more about Nate? Click on the link!
”Nate represents one of the biggest names in the entire stream industry across the U.S. His cutting edge approaches and technological advances in stream design has changed the industry. To get a guy like this to join WLS opens up an entire new territory and new possibilities for our Team that wouldn’t be possible otherwise. We are extremely grateful and excited to expand our brand with Nate!”
-Adam V. McIntyre, CEO
Water & Land Solutions is excited to announce the construction of four major projects in the Yadkin 01 and Neuse 01 watersheds in North Carolina. Our engineering team has been providing oversight for these projects and has been documenting the dramatic improvements of the streams throughout the process.
Check out the pictures below to see some of the progress!
Water & Land Solutions is attending the ERBA 2020 Policy Conference at the Washington Marriott Georgetown in Washington DC.
Adam McIntyre is a proud ERBA board member, stop by our booth and say hi!
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WLS is excited to welcome Josh White to the team! Josh brings nearly 20 years of experience in ecosystem restoration and compensatory mitigation.
Want to learn more about Josh? Click on the link!
”I’ve known Josh for well over 10 years and he represents exactly what we want both professionally and personally. He is a stream restoration pioneer and has played a big part of the growth and expansion of the stream mitigation industry throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. He opens up opportunities for us in the Midwest and we are extremely lucky to have him join our Team!” - Adam V. McIntyre, CEO
Water & Land Solutions is excited to announce that Josh White and Nate Ober have joined the team. With the addition of Nate and Josh, WLS will be opening new offices in Ohio and Colorado. In addition to new offices, the WLS geographic footprint will be expanding into the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and Rocky Mountains. This expansion allows WLS to fulfill our mission of restoring, enhancing, and protecting our precious natural resources within new regions of the U.S. for the company.
“Our Team has collectively worked in over 20 States throughout our careers. But to have the opportunity to take the WLS brand and spread across the U.S. is extremely exciting and wouldn’t be possible without adding two national leaders of the industry in Josh and Nate.” -Adam V. McIntyre, CEO
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Water & Land Solutions is excited to announce the addition of Jason Hightower as our GIS Analyst! Jason brings 4 years of GIS experience and a passion for environmental projects. Welcome to the team Jason!
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WLS is Growing!
We got new workstations in the office. We are excited to be growing our WLS Raleigh office!
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Last week we were fortunate enough to find and survey an example of a zero order stream for one of our projects in Lenoir County, NC! Below is a picture of the headwater system flowing over the roots of a tree into a pool at the bottom. Also included is a picture of a natural wood riffle where you can see the stream morphology is more defined.
Want to know more about zero order streams? Click on the link below!
WLS had a great time kicking off 2020 with friends and family! We are excited to see what 2020 has in store for us!
Congratulations to Nick for passing his PE Exam! What a great way to start the holidays!
WLS is brining the holiday cheer into the office on this Friday afternoon!!!
WLS Visits Eastern Tennessee State University!
Christopher Tomsic with our Weaverville office was given the opportunity to talk with Ingrid Luffman’s Geomorphology class at Eastern Tennessee State University (ETSU) about everything environmental restoration; including career paths, the current state of the environmental field, and lessons learned. As part of his visit, Christopher spent time in the field with the ETSU Rainworks Challenge Team to provide input on restoration approaches for Brush Creek (a stream that flows through the ETSU Johnson City campus impaired for nitrates, siltation, anthropogenic habitat alterations, and E.coli). The Rainworks Challenge Team lead by Ingrid is currently seeking ETSU Facilities Improvement funds to come up with design approaches for treating stormwater runoff , eroding stream banks, and anthropogenic modifications along Brush Creek. Much thanks for the opportunity Ingrid!
The excitement continues for WLS as we have added our 6th person to the Team since January 1st! This hire is one of the most well respected and well-known names in the industry! WLS is extremely excited and lucky to bring in Daniel to help lead WLS with his vast experience, knowledge, and outstanding reputation in the industry!
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WLS celebrated 5 years of business in September!
We are thankful for our amazing team of employees; they are the reason WLS is what it is today! We celebrated with a fun and competitive scavenger hunt in downtown Raleigh, followed by a delicious dinner with friends and family!
WLS staff recently collected field data to help in the design of our 15,000 linear feet restoration site named Banner Branch, located in Stokes County, North Carolina. We completed pebble counts, cross sections, sediment samples and completed the Bank Erosion Hazard Index assessment (BEHI). We even saw a few salamanders and a snake along the way! Our team is very anxious to get this project designed and constructed in order to start improving the water quality in this area.
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.
Click the link to check out the article!
Fun Fishing Trip!
Check out how WLS’s Chris Tomsic spent part of his recent vacation in Florida fishing with his family. His family had fun catching blacktip, hammerhead, and bonnethead sharks as well as mackerel and an enormous tarpon. All the fish were caught and released. What a great time!
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'Cue 4 Kids Fundraiser!!
Come check out WLS compete in a pork shoulder BBQ competition for a great cause!
This year's fundraiser for The Salvation Army Red Shield Club of Raleigh (formerly known as Community Center) is our 'Cue for Kids event taking place Saturday, August 24 at the Stag Club in Raleigh.
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Great Time in Colorado!
It was great to connect with friends and colleagues at the Rocky Mountain Stream Restoration Conference in Estes Park, CO.
After the conference, we were fortunate to hike the Chasm Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. This high-altitude trail provides breathtaking views and an alpine lake tucked into a glacial cirque below the towering East Face of 14,259-foot Longs Peak.
Along the trail, we observed wildlife, amazing geologic features, and even learned a new term called ‘Krummholz’, which means twisted wood in German and describes the stunted, irregular growth patterns of trees in the ecological transition zone between subalpine forests and alpine tundra. We even found a restoration site above 11,000 feet!
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Check out our outdoor classroom!
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. #restoration #waterandlandsolutions #environment
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WLS will be attending the Rocky Mountain Stream Restoration Conference!
Estes Park, Colorado June 18-20, 2019
#WaterLandSolutions #stream #restoration
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WLS would like to welcome Emily Dunnigan and Kyle Obermiller as Field Ecologists, and Nick Childs as an Engineer Technician.
The Battle at Edwards-Johnson...
SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST ON OUR EDWARDS-JOHNSON MITIGATION SITE TODAY…
Survival of the fittest on our Edwards-Johnson Mitigation Site today…
TN Water Resources Symposium! http://waterlandsolutions.com/our-news/2019/4/11/tn-water-resources-symposium
WLS is excited to be at the 28th TN Water Resources Symposium! Come stop by our booth and say hi to Chris!
7721 Six Forks Rd, Ste 130
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