Oxbow believes that the best results in Riverine Ecosystem Restoration come from combining Design Build expertise with Adaptive Management principles. By utilizing this approach, Oxbow delivers design solutions which are predictable, stable and self-sustaining. The Design Build and Adaptive Mangement Principles are two of the key components of Oxbow's Restoration Process.
Design-Build: click here for an elaboration on Oxbow's Design-Build Services
We offer the client a better method of delivering a successful restoration project... Design-Build. This is what makes us so different. This is what has provided us with so much valuable learning, data and experience about this science of stream restoration.
We use this terminology to describe a specific process. Where the design and build is all under one roof... using the same personnel. What we offer our clients is a team of colleagues that can assess the problem, that can conceive the solution, that can construct and implement the plan with their own hands, and most importantly... can adapt and learn along the way. We can provide a final project that ensures biological recovery.
Adaptive Mangement: click here for an elaboration on Adaptive Management
Adaptive management is the process by which new information about the health of the watershed is incorporated into the watershed management plan. Adaptive management is a challenging blend of scientific research, monitoring, and practical management that allows for experimentation and provides the opportunity to "learn by doing." It is a necessary and useful tool because of the uncertainty about how ecosystems function and how management affects ecosystems. Adaptive management requires explicit consideration of hypotheses about ecosystem structure and function, defined management goals and actions, and anticipated ecosystem response (Jensen et al. 1996).
The Oxbow Restoration Process:
Stream Restoration, or Ecosystem Restoration is a process. A process of understanding and working with nature, of integrating science and interpolating data, of observing natural processes. It is an adaptive process that relies on multiple disciplines with multiple objectives with a shared appreciation and knowledge of the natural processes that govern these systems.
We offer our clients a team of colleagues with the skills and experience necessary for dealing with a large variety of ecosystem restoration projects. We assess the problem, conceive the solution and construct the project with our own hands, with our own equipment. It is the implementation of the concepts devised in the planning stage that allows for the ultimate success of restoration projects, and here at Oxbow, we have the experience to make successful restoration projects a reality.
But not only do we believe in building successful projects, but also that there is always more to learn and other people interested in furthering the process of ecosystem restoration. This is why we embrace the principles of Adaptive Management into our Restoration Process. Adaptive Management is a continuous process and allows the knowledge gained from each project to be documented and shared with others for future projects.
At Oxbow, this is how we undertake the Process of Ecosystem Restoration. Our Approach has proven successful and we look forward to restoring many more miles of stream and learning all we can along the way.