Lasting solutions to difficult environmental challenges.
The difference between a “solution” and a “fix” is that solutions work long after the project is over.
We believe there is more than one solution to every problem, and that different approaches can provide varying levels of ecological uplift. Thus, we strive to find a solution that maximizes our clients resources to provide the greatest level of benefit to the stream or wetland.
Lotic has combined decades of experience in the restoration, stabilization and rehabilitation of impaired, eroded and damaged rivers, streams and wetlands. Our staff has worked on hundreds of thousands of feet of stream and wetland restoration design, repair and stabilization. From large rivers to small headwater creeks, we apply the latest engineering and applied ecological techniques to ensure long-term stability and uplift of ecological function while staying sensitive to budget, schedule and surrounding land uses.
Lotic can deliver expert construction management services supported by staff experience from dozens of projects across the US - in different climates, regulatory environments and hydro-geologic settings.
Water resource projects are inherently unique from other infrastructure projects – the flow of water can create uncertainty when the project is being built and when water is first “turned loose” into the project area. For this reason, we have learned that involvement by design engineers and scientists is critical to success of the water resource project construction.
The successful outcome of water resource projects, water litigation or communication with stakeholders increasingly depends on accurate hydraulic and hydrologic models.
Lotic has experience in modeling for all of these purposes. Our staff experience spans from simple 1-dimensional models to evaluate bridge crossings, unsteady flow models spanning dozens of square miles of a tidal estuary, 2-dimensional models to evaluate mixing in a boat basin, and complex 3-dimensional models to evaluate sediment transport over miles of a large river. In addition, we have experience in the use of a variety of hydrologic models in support of design and planning goals.
Closely related to stream restoration, bio-engineering is the practice of stabilizing streambanks, soil or other specific areas of erosion using plants often combined with other mechanical stabilization techniques.
This area is a particular specialty of Lotic Solutions, which can offer top-notch, scalable solutions for spot-stabilization of riverbanks, repair of gulleys, or other eroded areas. If trees, shrubs and plants will provide the best long-term approach to the problem, if regulators have specifically mandated that natural materials be used, or where ecological impact is a concern, Lotic can help find a solution.
Stormwater management design and permitting has evolved from an afterthought to the controlling aspect of most civil projects.
Lotic Solutions offers stormwater design and permitting services on a variety of project types and sizes. Having worked across the US, we understand the varying regulations and concerns and can provide expert support needed to navigate them. Our stormwater engineers have designed dozens of stormwater facilities across the US ranging from constructed wetlands, bioretention, sand filters to large detention basins. We have experience in innovating “outside the box” stormwater solutions- such as subsurface flow treatment wetlands to treat baseflow from nitrogen-laden streams. In addition, we are particularly adept at the stormwater permitting process, and can help navigate through to regulations and code to obtain permits in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Understanding the rate and quantity of sediment eroded from streams and rivers has become a critical question for understanding water quality impariment.
TMDL requirements, water intake issues and nutrient management strategies such as the Chesapeake Bay Initiative seek ways to minimize streambank erosion in order to reduce input of nutrients into our waterways.
Lotic Solutions is unmatched by most consultants in our ability to predict, assess and evaluate the risk of riverbank, gulley and hillside erosion thanks to our unique expertise, tools and skillsets. Through the Doctoral work of Lotic founder Bryan Dick, we have extensively developed and applied the use of exposed tree roots as a cost-effective and accurate means of predicting erosion across a large areas of erosive streambanks, providing useful information for our clients to help manage their erosion and sedimentation problems.
Understanding the sources of stream erosion, sediment, and water quality impairment within a watershed is an intrinsic part of water quality planning initivatives.
Lotic’s experts brings years of experience applying the science behind watershed assessments- from sediment transport investigations to geomorphic surveys, we can offer solutions to fit your budget and meet your goals.
Lotic's experts have served as expert witness support on many litigation projects.
Stormwater and drainage litigation has increased in the past decade as many places have seen intense rainstorms occur with more frequency and more property damage as a result. Lotic’s experts have served as expert witness support on many litigation projects involving stormwater and flood damage, and have the ability to bring the best scientific arguments to the table in support of our clients objectives.
Our staff experience includes expert witness support in litigation involving:
- Contaminated sediment fate and transport
- Property damage from drainage modifications
- Large stormwater facility impacts and permitting
- Construction stormwater impacts on sensitive waters
"From the moment we sat down with the Lotic team, we knew we were dealing with a group of people who saw the whole picture."
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