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  • Jack Turner and Meg Wickless Clean Up the Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park

    The third Saturday of every September is National Cleanup Day, held in conjunction with World Cleanup Day. More than 180 countries join forces to pick up trash throughout the month, encouraging partnership for a cleaner Earth. Jack Turner and Meg Wickless Clean Up the Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park On September 14, GreenVest Partner Council Fire hosted a cleanup activity at the Annapolis Maritime Museum campus. Along with staff from the Council, the Museum, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Project Development Manager Meg Wickless and Ecosystem Restoration Specialist Jack Turner participated in this volunteer outing. The pair helped remove invasive…

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  • Max Breslin's Presentation

    This year, the National Stream Restoration Conference was held in GV’s backyard: Baltimore, MD. With several GV team members attending the conference, three presented on their restoration-based contributions and successes. Max Breslin’s Presentation Max Breslin, Project Manager, presented on watershed-scale restoration in an urban setting at our Tinkers Creek Stream Restoration project. He discussed some of the challenges we faced when implementing this project and examined the lessons learned from working on this large-scale urban stream restoration in the shadow of Washington, DC. Jack Turner’s Presentation Jack Turner, Ecosystem Restoration Specialist, presented about evolutionary applications for cutting-edge and emergent technologies…

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  • Stream Study | Photo courtesy of Cameron Cage

    Stream Study For the second year in a row, GreenVest had the opportunity to train summer camp counselors at Elks Camp Barrett on ways to incorporate the stream restoration project and its ecosystem into their summer camp programs. Camp Barrett hosts a variety of yearly camp programs for children and adults through spring, summer, and fall. Elks Camp Barrett is home to GreenVest’s Bacon Ridge Branch Stream Restoration Project. The Bacon Ridge Branch Stream Restoration Project included the restoration of 17,970 linear feet of stream and associated riparian buffer, with construction completed in March 2020. The site is preserved under…

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  • Waynesboro Stream Restoration Project

    Implementation of the Waynesboro Stream Restoration Project is well underway! This project is restoring 5,192 linear feet of streams and associated floodplains in Virginia’s Potomac River watershed. GreenVest, in partnership with Environmental Quality Resources (EQR) and Stantec, is completing this project for the benefit of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Construction began in September 2022, and will be completed in July 2023. The project team identified this site in Waynesboro, Virginia, as a prime candidate for restoration. The pre-construction condition was characterized by open cattle pasture. Lack of trees in the riparian zone combined with direct cattle access to…

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  • BSU Field Trip Group

    BSU Field Trip Group As part of our ongoing partnerships with Bowie State University (BSU) and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay (Alliance), GreenVest hosted BSU students for a field trip to our Western Branch Mitigation Site (WBMS) in the Patuxent River watershed in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Students got a first-hand look at an environmental restoration site while learning about various restoration practices and maintenance and monitoring protocols for this project. The Bowie State University campus is also located within the Patuxent River watershed, allowing students to connect their local ecological footprint to that of the greater Chesapeake Bay region.…

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  • Muddy Creek Stream Restoration Project

    BARC Stream and Wetland Restoration At GreenVest, we champion coupling nature-based solutions with cutting-edge science to restore functionality to impaired systems in vulnerable communities. By managing stormwater, mitigating flood risk and storm damage, and uplifting water and habitat quality, GreenVest improves resiliency within local ecosystems. Since many of our projects positively impact the Chesapeake Bay – whether restoring a stream tributary, improving stormwater management, or implementing another nature-based solution – it’s only fitting that we promote and highlight Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week. From June 3 to 11, Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week celebrates the “cultures, history, and natural beauty of the…

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  • Late last month, GreenVest and project partner Biohabitats hosted students from the University of Maryland on a tour of our Bacon Ridge Branch Stream Restoration Project. GreenVest’s Senior Project Manager David Merkey and Ecosystem Restoration Specialist Jack Turner led the group on this educational outing. Part of the University’s Department of Environmental Science and Technology, Dr. Andrew Baldwin’s class focuses on wetland science which inspired the tour of the site. The ±18,000 linear foot stream and riparian buffer restoration that reconnected the stream with its floodplain reinforced their classroom knowledge. This floodplain reconnection restored the site’s wetland hydrology/hydroperiod by effectively…

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  • River Valley Ranch, post restoration

    GreenVest wrapped up the third year of maintenance and monitoring of the Muddy Creek (River Valley Ranch) Stream Restoration Project (MCRP) in 2022. This installment provides an update on the continued success of the restoration as we enter Year 4. First, a little background on the project. Muddy Creek, downstream Streams within the project area are known brook trout habitat, including Gunpowder Falls, Muddy Creek, and an unnamed tributary, referred to as the Roller Road Tributary. These waters connect to a broader network of native brook trout streams in the Upper Gunpowder Watershed. Prior to restoration, the stream channels were…

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  • Tinkers Creek Stream, post restoration

    Project Area, Map courtesy of Princeton Hydro GreenVest is proud to announce that the Tinkers Creek Stream Restoration Project for Prince George’s County Department of the Environment (DOE) was honored with second place in the Best Stream Restoration category of the Chesapeake Stormwater Network’s (CSN) Best Urban BMP in the Bay Award contest (BUBBAs). This amazing honor is part of a program that spotlights the best urban stormwater practices with special emphasis on highlighting local innovators who use creative approaches to protect and restore local watersheds. GreenVest is proud to have completed this project in partnership with Petro Design Build…

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  • Brett Berkley, Photo by Tyrone Syranno Wilkens

    Brett Berkley, Photo by Tyrone Syranno Wilkens We’re thrilled that Brett Berkley, GreenVest’s Senior Vice President, was recently featured in Baltimore Magazine in an article discussing the important linkage between ecosystem health and community resilience. As the implementing resiliency partner of South Baltimore Gateway Partnership (SBGP), GreenVest is proud to lead the Middle Branch Resiliency Initiative (MBRI)—part of the broader Reimagine Middle Branch Master Plan—and shine the spotlight on this crucial undertaking. This nature-based resiliency project will help to revitalize 11 miles of Baltimore’s forgotten waterfront along the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River for the benefit of underserved communities…

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