Water Resource Engineering and Habitat Restoration

Providing Integrated Solutions to Meet Your Project Needs

Our water resource engineering team is composed of technical experts in hydrology, hydraulics and civil engineering who interact with our fisheries, aquatic and terrestrial scientists to provide watershed and ecosystem-based solutions. We offer a full spectrum of services beginning with detailed analyses and conceptual studies through design, project management, regulatory approvals and construction services.

We design environmental enhancements to mitigate impacts and recreational facilities to promote the public access to natural areas. Our scientists and engineers use modeling and planning tools to efficiently design projects that meet the needs of varied stakeholders including public, private, and regulatory interests.

Restoration and Protection Design

We offer wetland and stream restoration and design services that efficiently meet local, state, and federal agency requirements. Our services may include construction management from design implementation to post-construction monitoring; ensuring the future success of the individual projects according to federal monitoring protocols.

We adopt an efficient, multidisciplinary approach to solving wetland and stream mitigation needs by focusing on options that are low-risk, low-cost, durable, and designed to achieve regulatory approval.

Restoration and Protection Design Services Include:
  • Aerial Photography Interpretation using GIS
  • Wetland Functional Analysis
  • Conceptual and Final Restoration Designs
  • Stakeholder Outreach and Collaboration
  • Regulatory Consultation
  • Contractor Management
  • Construction Oversight and Monitoring
  • Stream Channel Modeling and Modification

Green Stormwater Design

Improved stormwater management is an important component of strategic initiatives for many municipalities, and many have developed Sustainable Stormwater Management Plans to counter deteriorating ecosystems. Kleinschmidt has developed green stormwater infrastructure (GSI), or source controls, which is a set of techniques that detain or retain stormwater runoff through capture and controlled release, infiltration into the ground, vegetative uptake and evapotranspiration thereby reducing the need for end-of-pipe stormwater storage and treatment systems.

Our goal is to protect and enhance watersheds by managing stormwater runoff with innovative green stormwater infrastructure, maximizing economic, social, and environmental benefits.

Green Stormwater Design Services Include:
  • Hydrologic & Hydraulic Analysis
  • Conceptual & Final Design
  • Construction Monitoring & Inspection
  • Environmental Permitting
  • Public Outreach

Recreation Facilities Design

Our recreational design experience includes assisting federal licensees of hydropower projects to meet requirements for providing reasonable public access to project lands and waters for recreation. We assist these and other clients by assessing use and facilities and developing designs to support outdoor recreation management plans.

Our familiarity with regulatory requirements, recreational planning, and permitting allows us to assist our clients in developing new project designs in a timely, efficient manner that meet their needs and those of recreationalists. We focus on designing facilities that are safe to construct and safe to be used by recreationalists, while minimizing long-term operating and maintenance costs.

Recreation Facilities Design Services Include:
  • Safety
  • American Disabilities Act-Compliant
  • Usability Inspections
  • Community Outreach
  • FERC-compliant Signage & Educational Kiosks
  • LEED-certified Design
  • Erosion & Sedimentation Control Plans
  • Post-Construction Stormwater Design
  • Environmental Review & Permitting

Watershed Planning

In recent years, there has been a renewed focus on watershed planning in water resource management. State and federal regulators, as well as many non-governmental organizations, are actively promoting comprehensive planning and local community stewardship as alternatives to regulatory approaches.

We provide planning, engineering, and environmental services to solve land and water resource concerns within a watershed or river basin. These services include smaller assessments that focus on a particular concern, as well as larger, more comprehensive evaluations that seek to balance multiple uses such as flood control, water supply, water quality, species and habitat protection, recreation, and energy production.

Watershed Planning Services Include:
  • Land & Water Resource Management Plans
  • Shoreline Management Plans
  • Recreation Studies
  • Resource Valuation
  • Riparian Buffer Management
  • GIS Development & Analysis
  • Habitat & River Restoration Planning
  • Hydraulic Modeling of Riverine
  • Estuarine & Lake Systems
  • Wetland Delineation Assessment & Mitigation Plans
  • Water Quality & Watershed Assessments
  • Storm Water Management Planning
  • Sediment & Erosion Control Study Plans
  • Consensus Building & Facilitation