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    Eradicating Invasive Species in Basin
    Phragmites Management Case Study

    Location and Acreage:
    Newark, DE | .1-Acre

    Project Timeframe: 
    2012 to 2014

    Project Manager:
    John Phelps, Environmental Scientist & Senior Business Development Consultant

    Key Staff:
    Gavin Ferris, Ecologist

    Site Description:
    This property is a high-end business park located in Newark, Delaware. The site consists of three stormwater basins with a focus on a dry retention basin that was built in 1997. Existing wetland soils and characteristics on site indicated that maintenance of the basin in question had been neglected over time.

    Dry Retention Basin Infested with Invasive Plants    Restored Retention Basin

    Scope of Work:
    Remediation and alteration activities: dredging, invasive plant eradication and removal, timber sill installation, outfall box replacement, road culvert replacement and an instillation of 8,000 wetland enhancement plantings.

    Project Description:
    SOLitude Lake Management worked with our trusted partners, surveyors and engineering consultants to develop a thorough stormwater basin plan, which required county approval prior to beginning any work on site. Our plans were approved after a comment period with minor adjustments to accommodate the county’s concerns.

    Site Overview

    Dredging and remediation were started in February of 2012 and met the client’s goal of compliance by June 2014. We began by treating and removing Phragmites, an invasive plant species, using contact herbicides followed by excavation of root mass. Once the timber sill was installed and the outfall box and road culvert were replaced, we were able to focus on installing the wetland enhancement plantings. The beneficial plantings were broken into two time frames depending on the needs of the species selected; the first round was completed during the fall of 2013 and the second round in the spring of 2014.

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