Restoration Resources

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Here you’ll find a series of documents regarding the construction of wetlands that we have built on public land. In some cases, the documents show the progression from concept to design, construction plans, restoration reports, project summaries, and monitoring programs and reports. We have also included links to documents that have strongly influenced the design and management of our restoration programs.


2009 / 2010 – Chaplin Ponds

Construction Plan – Conceptual plan for complexing of of a lateral side-bar in Maria Slough, District of Kent, specifically for Oregon Spotted Frogs.

Construction Report – Construction report for Chaplin Ponds.


2013 – ongoing – Gordon’s Brook Wetlands Phase I

The Gordon’s Brook wetlands project is ongoing. You’ll notice that our naming conventions change as the project progressed – it didn’t really have a name but we needed something better than ‘Shallow Marsh Restoration in Aldergrove Regional Park’. Metro Van settled on ‘Gordon’s Brook Wetlands’, as the adjacent project led by Mike Pearson for Salish Sucker and Nooksak Dace was named Gordon’s Brook.

This project has a lot more paperwork associated with it than most of our smaller projects. This is so that we are as transparent as possible about our process for teaching and learning outcomes. Please be kind – we’re letting it all hang out there so that others can learn from our experiences, including our mistakes! We’re improving over time.

Some of the text is redacted for privacy, or because we don’t want to give away answers to students who are currently working on designs (Sorry students. If you’re not a student, contact monica@balance-ecological.com for non-redacted versions).

Restoration Options – Feb 2012: Preliminary restoration options for Vancouver Aquarium. Secondary option redacted for privacy.

Site Recommendations – Aug 2012: Recommendations for wetland restoration location.

Early Concept – Oct 2012: Early concept drawing.

Restoration Plan – Jan 2013: Restoration Plan and Work Plan for Phase I (Pepin Marsh at the time).

Project Summary – Feb 2013: Project summary for discussion and permitting purposes.

Construction Report – Feb 2014: Construction Report heavy on the photos and construction details. Highly compressed for the web. Contact Monica if you would like a higher quality version.

Monitoring and Adaptive Management Plan and Manual – March 2014: Includes both the Monitoring and Adaptive Management Plan AND the accompanying Monitoring Handbook. Please contact Monica for detailed monitoring protocols. We’re keeping them out of the hands of students working on a project.

Interim Monitoring Report – April 2016: Provides results from monitoring at Phase I. This version is redacted as we’re keeping recommendations out of the hands of students working on a project. Please contact Monica for an unredacted version.


 2014 – ongoing – Gordon’s Brook Wetlands Phases II & III

Early Concept – Nov 2014: Early concept drawing for funding applications.

Restoration Plan – June 2016: Phase II and III Investigations Report and Restoration Plan Phases II and III. Highly compressed for the web. Contact Monica if you would like a higher quality version.

Restoration Summary – July 2016: Summary of restoration plan.

Implementation Presentation – July 2016: Presentation provided to Metro Vancouver detailing implementation plan and requesting feedback.

Concept Drawing for the field – July 2016: This is the concept drawing we used in the field with stakeholders, operators, students, visitors, and permitting officers.


Influential Resources

These resources by the Cascadia-Prairie-Oak-Partnership were released in 2014, about one year after we had implemented Phase I. We were delighted to see them!

The following documents are very useful in determining the best reed canarygrass management technique for your site. Craig Annen’s work in particular is inspiring and hopeful. See more at http://www.ir-wi.com/research-papers

We aren’t interested in fighting beavers any more. Let’s work with them. Like this:

The South Coast Conservation Program is a wealth of information about species-at-risk and restoration on the South Coast of BC. This project is profiled in their highly useful Diversity By Design series: