White Fox Stream and Wetland Mitigation Bank

Environmental Sciences

The Challenge: 
White Fox’s Stream and Wetland Mitigation Bank in Iowa’s Wright County needed its forests, streams, and emerging wetlands restored. The area was facing environmental issues that threatened its resilience, and Wright County wanted to address the problems.  

The Solution: 
Our Environmental team was hired on for a large-scale project. We were tasked with investigating, evaluating, designing, and permitting the White Fox Stream and Wetland Mitigation Bank by developing a prospectus and mitigation banking instrument. To complete the project, we conducted wetland delineations, analyzed groundwater level and soil types, and completed a stream assessment utilizing the Iowa Stream Mitigation Method.   

Project Benefits: 
Through the course of the project we restored 25-acres of forested and emergent wetlands, enhanced ten acres of existing forested and emergent wetlands, established native grass and wildflower buffers, stabilized the stream, and restored a former oxbow. To sustain environmental resilience in the future, we developed a long-term maintenance plan and site contingencies, and added conservation easement with a third party.