Category Archives: Site Maintenance

Farm Pond Restoration

ELS Provided:

  • Wetland Delineation
  • Mitigation Plan
  • Mitigation Design & Implementation
  • Stream Restoration Design & Coordination
  • Permitting
  • Plantings for Riparian Area
  • Monitoring & Maintenance
Farm Pond Restoration beforeFarm Pond Restoration after

The goal of this project was to enhance and rehabilitate the habitat value of a man-made farm pond by restoring the natural stream channel and riparian area.   The habitat function and suitability provided by the farm pond, a dammed stream channel, were low, containing one stratum of non-native reed canarygrass, and preventing fish passage by a non-passable culvert.   Riparian habitat was restored by draining the farm pond, enhancing the stream channel, and adding a fish-passable culvert.  Rehabilitation will continue over time as the mitigation area develops into mature, forested riparian habitat.


Skipanon River Park, 2005 – City of Warrenton


ELS, in joint effort with City staff, directed a public meeting to collect park requests from the local community. ELS drafted preliminary and final design figures and cross sections for the City that included landscaping, paving, and storm water details for the park and construction requirements. The final park design incorporated a trail system, picnic benches, and a parking lot, while preserving the native stream-buffer habitat. Invasive species were removed and native species were planted to create a community park with a welcoming native landscape.