Our approach to every site is rather simple. We take a global approach. We analyze how the topography and exisitng site conditions will affect the project site. We assess what can be corrected on the site and then try to minimize the disturbances and impacts to the surroundings. Directing runoff to specific areas and infiltrating where possible; minimizing impacts to the environment while visualizing the property owner's long-term goals and objectives.
Engineered Individual Wastewater Treatment Systems
Seasonal lakefront properties can put a strain on individual wastewater treatment systems. The homes are typically occupied during a short period in the summer months; higher occupancy rates place a greater demand on septic systems.
Failing septic systems in close proximity to a lake or river are one of the major sources of pollution to a body of water. Homeowners should conduct annual inspections on their systems and frequent pump-outs of their septic tanks.
using Rain Gardens
Rain gardens can be simple depressions in the ground with vegetation growing on the upper surface. They can also be very complex biorention areas with stone layers and outfall measures to capture runoff from various impervious surfaces; such as aphalt pavement, concrete walkways and roofs. Rain gardens serve a purpose, while they can also be a very attractive component to your property. Native plantings can provide great habitat that attracts birds, butterflies and other pollinators.
Green Infrastructure using Permeable Paver Systems
Permeable pavers are a great green infrastructure products; rainwater travels through the void spaces in the concrete pavers filtering thrugh a stone layer and eventually infiltrating into the ground. It reduces the amount of stormwater runoff leaving a property. Permeable pavers come in various shapes and styles and can be used on entranceways, pathways, patios and driveways.
Shoreline Buffers using Native Plantings
Recent projects have included the designing of numerous shoreline buffers using native plants around Lake George that filter runoff before entering the lake. In some instants; multiple permits have been required due to the construction activities proximity to a body of water. Projects have also included a stream bank restoration project in Slack's Bay in Hague, NY; which restored a vegetated/manicured channel to a natural stream bed while restoring and stabilizing the stream banks.