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Since the mid 1800s, when European-style settlement dominated the western states, the aquatic and riparian resources have been in rapid decline.  Riverine and spring habitats are substantially more biologically rich than any other habitats in the West.  However, human-induced alterations threaten to dramatically change the western landscape and decrease the biological richness of these riparian habitats.  The founders and employees of Otis Bay Ecological Consultants are dedicated to restoring altered riparian systems to natural, self-sustaining ecosystems to preserve native biological diversity.

The primary mission of Otis Bay is to restore the processes and functions of native ecosystems so that they will sustain our biological heritage.  We work for the restoration of physical and ecological processes that are able to recover and sustain an ecosystem’s indigenous organisms and promote the system’s values for humans. Otis Bay is capable of designing restoration projects that promote critical ecological functions by applying knowledge of natural environmental processes to disturbed systems.  In order to restore a sustainable ecosystem, we employ the following methods:

  • Site assessments and studies of the physical and biological environment designed to understand the ecological processes that maintain the riverine, spring, or wetland environment, and support and sustain the indigenous wildlife.
  • Determine the degree of disturbance and describe the pre-disturbance condition.
  • Examine less disturbed sections of the project system, and/or an analog system in a similar environment to use as a restoration template.
  • Implement analytical techniques (e.g., hydraulic modeling and bed sediment transport calculations) to iteratively develop an appropriate restoration design.
  • Develop designs that are consistent with natural features and will be supported and sustained by natural processes.
  • Carry out restoration and enhancement designs through construction phase to promote ecological function and to perpetuate sensitive aquatic and riparian landscapes.
Restored Point of Rocks Spring at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada.
Restored Point of Rocks Spring at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada.
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Last Updated:3/28/14