Reclamation: The goal for any reclamation project is to restore important pre-disturbance ecological functions of a site disturbed by construction or mining operations. Disturbed activities where topsoil has been stripped, stockpiled and replaced require a unique process to reclaim the site to their original state and proper ecological purpose. Important functions include wildlife habitat, forage for livestock and wildlife, watershed and water quality protection.
Successful revegetation of disturbed plant communities is achieved by planting adapted species into a firm, weed-free seedbed at the correct depth and at the best time of year to utilize moisture and overcome seed dormancy. At a minimum, topsoil is replaced and the land is seeded with the correct kind of vegetation for the soil and environment. Revegetating disturbed lands in the Intermountain West is a challenge due to low and variable precipitation along with thin soils, steep slopes and the cold, windy climate. The experienced team at Powell Restoration works alongside the best and most accredited environmental distributors in North America for all seeding projects to include wildfire reclamation, mining disturbances, pipeline revegetation, highway projects and wetland restoration.
Erosion Control: Soil erosion is a natural process in which particles of soil are moved by wind and water, and displaced to another location. When erosion occurs naturally, soil is relocated at about the same rate it is created, so no harm is done to the environment. However, through development and agricultural processes, the rate of erosion tends to speed up and create harmful effects both to the natural land as well as to the people and wildlife living there.
When the earth is disturbed, soil is easily eroded and washes into streams or rivers directly or indirectly through the city’s storm water inlets and drainage infrastructure. State and City law require that our waterways and sewer system be protected from construction site runoff to prevent adverse impacts on streams and damage to drainage structures and public or private lands. Our business is to minimize this erosion into the sewer systems by the use of products such as: construction safety barrier fencing, silt fence, inlet protections, VTC, mulching, seeding, blankets, check dams, erosion logs. We follow strict field guidelines and specifications through city regulations and through the Colorado Department of Transportation and work alongside engineers, planners, landscape architects and maintenance personnel to install and maintain best management practices on construction sites to minimize water quality and quantity impacts from storm water runoff.