Mitigating a disaster and restoring a community resource

After a flood breached the Tourist Park Dam in 2003, its delayed reconstruction led to vegetation filling the empty reservoir. Submission of a wetland permit application appeared to be the last hurdle to rebuilding.  In contrast to earlier reviews, the agencies required compensation for the newly formed wetlands within the reservoir limits. Our environmental scientists performed a late-season wetland delineation that brought the apparent impacts down to 11.6 acres and secured the permit.

We negotiated lower mitigation ratios and use of the Tourist Park reservoir as an appropriate mitigation site. Our planners designed a mitigation plan to provide 14.4 credits, based on restoration of aquatic bed, emergent and shrub wetlands and a large riparian conservation easement. The plan included grading plans, soil amendments, plantings, seedings and erosion controls as well as invasive plant controls and wetland performance standards and monitoring format.

Project

Tourist Park Dam Environmental Restoration

Client

Marquette Board of Light And Power

Expertise Provided

Energy
Environmental

Location

Marquette, MI

From the Client

We were stuck in a very difficult permitting situation for re-building our flood-damaged dam...the Mead & Hunt turned the situation around with an accurate, rapid and extremely professional mitigation plan that’s saved our project timetable and allowed us to recover our investment.
Erik Booth
Utility Compliance Manager, Marquette Board of Light and Power