Chesapeake Bay Mitigation and Restoration Project
Project Overview of Mitigation and Restoration Plan
A major American steel manufacturer needed to get a permit to dredge and fill targeted areas in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland. Because fishery habitat would be lost, they needed a mitigation and restoration plan to outline how they would mitigate for the lost habitat by creating new habitat in a nearby area, thus restoring the lost functionality.
The new habitat needed to meet multiple-use constraints due to the commercial and recreational fisheries in the targeted area.
- Consultations with Federal and State agencies, and recreational and commercial fisherman
to determine requirements, objectives, and extent of the environmental resources that would need to be mitigated and restored
- Designed an innovative mitigation / restoration approach based on artificial reefs
Results of the Mitigation and Restoration Plan Developed by Aquabio
- Permitting agencies approved Aquabio’s artificial reef design for the mitigation and restoration plan
- The proposed artificial reefs were more cost-effective than traditional mitigation methods
- Aquabio's mitigation and restoration concept was accepted by regulatory agencies
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