St. Croix, USVI
Our team is working with the VI Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) to evaluate the condition of the wetlands. Our work includes a wide range of tasks and collaboration with schools, environmental professionals, and the public. Wetland ecologists and engineers are assessing post-hurricane mangrove health, mortality, and hydrologic condition in order to develop restoration design plans for impacted systems.
Crosby Landing, Brewster, MA
Crosby Landing is a popular Town-owned beach in Brewster, Massachusetts. The access road to the beach crosses a sensitive salt marsh habitat dividing it into two sections. Prior to completing this project, the access road contributed to significant salt marsh degradation by allowing only limited saltwater exchange to the isolated western section of salt marsh through a small, 18-inch culvert. Two other problems were the unmanaged stormwater runoff from the road and parking area and the propensity for the low-lying access road to flood during storms.
HW’s planners developed strategies for tackling complex and conflicting issues for the municipality to deal with over the next 20 years. We assisted with diverse outreach activities, such as public events, online surveys, stakeholder groups, and individual meetings. The goal was to learn what the community values about life in Canton, what could be better, and what areas could change to meet current and anticipated needs.
HW has completed a hydrologic and bathymetric study to evaluate the dynamics of the system over the long term. We provided bathymetric and topographic surveying, and installed water level loggers throughout the system, managed sediment and water quality sampling, and trained the home owner’s association in sampling and monitoring procedures, to continue long-term monitoring.
Gray’s Beach, Kingston, MA
HW engineers, landscape designers, and coastal ecologists worked with the Town and Coastal Zone Management to design, plan, and create a living shoreline to help protect the popular public beach from erosion, and to provide safe recreation for all residents and visitors.
Boston Public Schools
Washington Irving, Rafael Hernandez, Ellis Elementary, Jackson-Mann Kennedy
We collaborated with the Boston Water and Sewer Commission and Boston Public Schools to install green infrastructure at five schools to pilot various alternatives for improving stormwater management and phosphorus reduction. Our staff led the design team with support from Offshoots, Charles River Watershed Association, and Bryant Associates.
Roger Williams Park
We assisted the City of Providence and the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program with assessment and development of a water quality management plan for Roger Williams Park. The plan improved the water quality and biodiversity conditions of the ponds.
Ipswich Mills Dam
We worked with MA DER and other partner agencies as well as key subcontractors on a feasibility study to evaluate how the community might be affected by the dam’s removal; environmentally, historically, and with regard to potential structural impacts to nearby infrastructure.
We worked with the Housing Assistance Corporation of Cape Cod and the Nantucket Housing Authority to provide planning, engineering, landscape design, state and local permitting, and construction administration services for a 40B affordable housing project.
Our training experts provided Water Sector Incident Command System (ICS) 300 and 400 level training for U.S. EPA Region 4 water program staff. This essential training helps Region 4 staff improve response time for large-scale emergencies where multiple agencies and jurisdictions are involved, such as a Gulf Coast hurricane.
Norman Bird Sanctuary
We helped the Sanctuary to develop a comprehensive management plan. The plan identifies future investments and management opportunities for the property’s buildings, grounds, trails, and environmental resources. The plan has become an integral part of the Sanctuary’s capital plan campaign.