Canaan Valley Institute 2017
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Canaan Valley Institute is committed to working with landowners, local communities, and agency partners to restore natural stream corridors and wetlands that provide clean water, wildlife habitat, and other benefits.

Streams and wetlands are critical for water supply, wildlife habitat, recreation, our scenic landscape, and quality of life. Streams and wetlands are dynamic, complex systems and impacts by dams, roads, mining, agriculture, timber harvest, and urbanization have disrupted these systems. Erosion along streams is a serious issue –it threatens productive farmland, roads, and homes. Eroded material also fills streambeds and chokes fish habitat.

Stream restoration is the re-creation of the natural functions and features. Restoration includes a broad range of measures including removing or minimizing disturbances, installing structures and planting vegetation to protect streambanks and provide habitat, and reshaping unstable stream reaches into "naturally designed" channels and associated floodplains. CVI also restores wetlands, often associated with stream corridors, which provide critical habitat for animals while filtering pollutants and capture rain and snowmelt. Restoration of wetlands often involves removing structures designed to drain wetlands and reintroducing native plants.

These actions work together to prevent the loss of property from erosion and improve the habitat for fish, birds, and other animals that live in or near streams and wetlands.

CVI helped pioneer natural restoration techniques in the region, and our staff have unparalleled expertise planning, designing, constructing, and evaluating the success of restoration projects. We are pleased to assist local communities, clients, and agency partners to develop both grant-funded and fee-based projects.

Our five areas of focus:
• Site assessment
• Project planning
• Design and permitting
• Construction management
• Long-term monitoring

Our capabilities:
• Assess stream conditions and restoration options
• Perform wetland delineation
• Draft conceptual designs and budgets
• Create watershed and mitigation plans
• Develop final designs and construction specifications
• Provide regulatory agency coordination and permit applications
• Manage construction contracting and planting
• Provide construction stakeout and as-built drawings
• Conduct long-term monitoring and reporting

For more information about CVI’s restoration program, please contact Kristin Mielcarek, at 304.940.3443 or email

Savage River Tuscarora Creek in Berkeley County Lower Dempsey in Logan
Savage River in Garrett County Nathaniel Mountain WMA Bartons Bench
Past Projects: Mill Creek in Berkley County Mt Lick Oats Run
USFS - Lamberts Strip Lamothe Cacapon River
Horseshoe Run Tucker County



Mower Tract Restoration

Highland Dam, West Fork River

BlacksRun Purcell Park

Lower Dempsey Branch

Hillcrest WMA

Cherry Glade

Long Run

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