Stream ecosystems may be affected through channelization, reduced riparian buffers, agricultural processes, land development, transportation/utility corridors, and destructive natural processes such as flooding. Additionally, development and land use may be required to interact with these ecosystems to function properly. LDG has the expertise to assess streams and riparian habitats to determine the existing condition, functions, and values of the resource. Based on the assessment we can effectively achieve our clients’ project goals, whether it is the construction of a needed project or the improvement and restoration of the stream corridor’s functions. We approach every stream project with the same mindset: continually striving to reduce impacts, maintain or improve ecological functions and water quality, and reduce the overall impact of infrastructure projects such as roads, buildings, sewer lines, and bridges on the stream system.
We provide water quality testing as part of a stream assessment or as a stand-alone service. Additionally, we provide water sampling for lakes, wells, and outfall structures. Field testing encompasses standard parameters such as pH, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen. We can also collect samples for submission to a certified lab for more in-depth analysis. Following the acquisition of sampling results, LDG can assist with planning and design of projects to either protect the existing water conditions or reduce issues creating poor water quality.