Wednesday, February 17, 2016

PA’s Largest Wetlands Mitigation Bank In Washington County Nationally Recognized

The Robinson Fork Mitigation Bank in Washington County constructed by Resource Environmental Solutions (RES) recently received the distinguished Environmental Business Journal’s 2015 Award for Project Merit.
Environmental Business Journal is a national business research publication which provides high value strategic business intelligence to the environmental industry.
The Robinson Mitigation Bank is a multi-phase project on 553 acres that will restore and preserve over 40 miles of self-sustaining, functional headwaters, mainstem streams and their tributaries and their associated wetlands and riparian corridors across the Robinson Fork watershed in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Robinson Fork Mitigation Bank is largest in the Northeast of United States.
Construction began on the Robinson Fork Mitigation Bank late last fall by RES, the nation’s leading supplier of ecological offsets for unavoidable project-related impacts to wetlands, streams and habitats.
The project is being built by the RES’ in-house team of project managers, biologists, hydrologists, field technicians, and equipment operators building some of the largest environmental, infrastructure and energy projects in the Commonwealth.  
“The Robinson Fork project was the key milestone of the year for RES,” said Elliott Bouillion, RES president and CEO.  “Approval of this complex project is a testament to the RES team’s dedicated effort to deliver responsible stewardship on a landscape scale. The project is based on sound science and engineering with all restored lands protected from development in perpetuity. We are proud to receive the EBJ Business Achievement award recognizing this tremendous effort.”
This unique ecological restoration project improves water quality throughout Washington County, encourages aquatic life through restored streams and wetlands and provides new roosting habitat for the endangered Indiana bat and threatened Northern long-eared bat species.
Restoration of the Robinson Fork watershed focuses on creation of an integrated stream and floodplain system; restoring localized groundwater aquifers, reconnecting floodplains to the water table and streams; optimizing and diversifying habitat and creating a hydrologic system that allows for retention of nutrients, stream bed material and organic carbon.
The planned restoration approach provides the basis for the continued evolution of ecological complexity and long-term stability at the site.
As part of its restoration efforts all over the United States, RES has planted 8 million trees, preserved 3,700 acres of endangered species habitats, closed on 400 conservation easements, restored 32,000 acres of wetlands and 155 miles of streams.
For more information, visit the Resource Environmental Solutions (RES) website.

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