Brent Run Creek Relocation

To accommodate a necessary expansion of the Brent Run Landfill in Montrose, MI, Waste Connections, Inc., needed to relocate approximately 4,000 feet of Brent Run Creek. Working closely with Waste Connections and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the GEI team assessed Brent Run Creek and its surrounding floodplain and developed a stream and wetland relocation and restoration plan which resulted in the creek relocation and construction of approximately 26 acres of wetlands.

Construction of the project began in 2014 with removal of approximately 1.1 million cubic yards of soil. In 2015, the new channel and wetland were constructed, seeded, and stabilized, while woody habitat structures were installed throughout the new stream channel. In September, 2015, the flow was transferred from old Brent Run Creek to new Brent Run Creek, and aquatic biota, including the state-threatened slippershell mussel, were relocated.

This presentation will describe the project, including the ecological assessments, stream morphology, and project design.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 10:00am to 10:50am
Brian Majka
GEI Consultants of Michigan
Brian is a professional restoration ecologist with extensive experience in business management and development, project oversight, design and implementation of wetland construction, soft shoreline engineering, prairie planting, natural areas management, and BMP design projects with more than 15 years of experience in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Arizona, New York, and New Jersey. Mr. Majka is responsible for project management of ecological restoration design and implementation projects for GEI. He also regularly gives 10-20 educational presentations annually on ecological restoration, invasive species control, stream restoration, and bioengineering and has presented at universities, state agency in-service trainings, conferences, and workshops in Oregon, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Connecticut. He is Vice-Chair of the Michigan Invasive Plant Council, a member of the West Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, and a member of the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership, where he co-authored the Michigan Certified Natural Shoreline Professional program training manual and annually assists with course instruction.
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