FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES

Public agencies at all levels of government are constantly being required to do more with less resources. As a result, most management decisions are based on judgments under crisis situations. Often times the adequate time, data, and analysis is not afforded to a project because of limited resources. Eliminating these critical elements can result in the implementation of designs that cost more and may result in further unanticipated problems.

Brightwater has design and construction experience at the federal, state and local levels. Projects range from construction of bioretention cells, to designs of stream restoration projects on federal military bases, to watershed plans and stormwater retrofit designs at the local level.

Brightwater is thoroughly familiar with the Rosgen Classification system and teaches short courses on how to use it. Brightwater is also familiar with EPA rapid Bioassessment protocols which may be required for NPDES stormwater permits.

As a certified minority business enterprise (MBE) by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), Brightwater can be subcontracted to help meet the contractual requirements for minority participation. Brightwater can also prime contracts.

Most local government agencies are under pressure to meet TMDLs, reduce impervious cover, develop their water resource elements, and address their MS4 permit requirements. Brightwater has extensive knowledge in water resources management and stream processes, both integral to protecting sensitive ecosystems.

In the area of water resources management, numerous considerations must be taken into account in order to assure that sensitive ecosystems do not suffer adverse environmental impact as a result of alterations to watercourses and land use. For example, decisions made to address individual stream degradation problems (i.e. stream bank erosion, stream destabilization, or flooding) with stop gap measures may not take into consideration all aspects of the entire watershed and often miss the root cause of the problem.

Brightwater provides services in watershed assessments taking into consideration the natural factors which impact stream systems. These natural factors are geologic, hydrologic, hydraulic, and geometric. In considering these factors, stream discharge, slope, and sediment load are determined to identify stream pattern. Once the natural stream pattern is identified, destabilized channels and their accompanying adverse impact on stream ecosystem structure and function can be reversed. Restoration of destabilized streams using this approach can usually be accomplished for one tenth the costs when considering use of non-structural technologies over structural controls.

Brightwater also offers services in stream protection strategies, water quality assessments, and wetland consultation, delineation, and mitigation. Brightwater can assist government in developing sound watershed management strategies that are both cost effective and result in the protection or improvement of the stream ecosystem.