CRI has studied the intricate relationships that dictate stream morphology and employed this knowledge on more than 80 stream restoration projects covering more than 40 miles of channel restoration in the Mid-Atlantic region. We routinely assess the stability of streams and make recommendations on potential restoration measures for improvement of channel stability, water quality and aquatic habitat.

CRI has applied the Rosgen methodology of stream classification and restoration that focuses on understanding the geomorphologic processes of streams and rivers. Our staff has completed the training courses offered by Dave Rosgen in River Restoration Design Implementation (Level V), River Restoration and Natural Channel Design (Level IV), River Assessment and Monitoring (Level III), River Morphology and Applications (Level II), and Applied Fluvial Geomorphology (Level I). In addition, we have completed other courses such as Fish Passageways and Bypass Facilities, Engineering Innovative Fish Passage: Dam Removal and Nature-like Fishways, Fluvial Geomorphology for Engineers, Fluvial Sediment Transport – Measurement, Analysis and Prediction and the Design of Natural Stream Channels offered by Interfluve, Inc. in Bozeman, Montana.

In addition, CRI has a firm grasp of soil bioengineering and innovative methods of stormwater management using rain gardens and other BMP’s. We utilize soil bioengineering as a vegetative method to stabilize and restore degraded landscapes while emphasizing natural plant communities and aesthetic values. These techniques can provide a cost-effective option that blends with the natural surroundings and offer an improved alternative to conventional engineering methods or more structural solutions.

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