Rivers and streams are complex ecosystems that provide a number of benefits such as drinking water supplies, flood control, electricity, food and habitat for wildlife, recreational opportunities, and commercial benefits for industries. Changes in land-use and land cover within the watershed often cause streams to experience rapid erosion and sedimentation. This leads to flooding, destruction of aquatic habitats, water quality impacts, and property damage.
The biologists at Cason & Associates understand the unique dynamics of a river or stream’s ecosystem. They have the tools necessary to develop restoration plans unique to each river and stream. Restoration plans are developed around a thorough understanding of upstream factors that affect the water body, as well as downstream resources that may be affected by changes occurring at the restoration site. In addition to the development of restoration plans, Cason & Associates also offers services including plan implementation and project coordination, shoreline stabilization, channel manipulation, removal of invasive species and the re-introduction of native species. Cason & Associates uses a variety of techniques to create a natural habitat where fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects and plants can flourish.
The success of any restoration project depends largely on the education and experience of those involved in planning and implementing it. Cason & Associates employs only degreed biologists and puts an emphasis on continuing education to ensure knowledge of the most up-to-date methods and techniques. In addition, Senior Biologist, Chad Cason, brings years of stream habitat improvement experience. Chad spent six years heading up a trout stream habitat improvement program for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. In this role, he studied stream and river habitat improvement projects around the state in order to assess which techniques were most effective. This knowledge proved invaluable as he designed and constructed habitat improvement projects on state lands. Now in the private sector, Chad is able to use his education and experience to develop and implement successful restoration projects for his clients.