Great Ecology is an ecological and environmental consulting firm focused on the restoration, planning, and design of both natural and urban environments through sustainable solutions. We integrate science with design to solve complex ecological challenges to achieve environmental, social, and business goals.
Great Ecology is supporting the Miaojing River design project in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province China. The site is a public park/ecological river walk that has been in advanced in several phases. The current project seeks to create two areas featuring ecological restoration – one area is an upland forested area currently dominated by mono-cultures of single species forest stands that will be regraded and replanted with native vegetation. The other area is an ecologically degraded part of the Miaojing River which has led to reduced water quality and invasive species, which will be restored and redesigned using a variety of bio-engineering techniques. The end result will improve the ecological function of the site, while offering improved opportunities for visitors to interact with the environment. The client is the Municipality of Kunshan – this project is being conducted with PLAT Studio, the master planning firm and designer of many landscape architectural components at these sites
Great Ecology has joined the PLAT Studio master planning team for conceptual and schematic design of the Qidong “Key East” Development in Nantong, Jiangsu Province in China, 87 KM from Shanghai and adjacent to the Yuantoujiao Tourism Resort. The site is currently a large oceanfront wetland and cattle pasture area, but will be the site of a future large city with a heavy emphasis on ecological planning and green infrastructure. Components will include a “wetland wellness center;” several ecoparks which will feature wetland habitat walking trails; a sponge city strategy; a seagrass wetland park; and numerous other ecological amenities woven into the city. Great Ecology is supporting PLAT Studio in the ecological layer of this innovative project.
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As part of several ongoing, confidential projects, Great Ecology is developing a Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) of numerous industrial sites that have been the source of ongoing contamination, spills, and injury to ecosystems. To evaluate natural resources injuries and specify the type and amount of restoration required to offset those injuries, Great Ecology is conducting both field and research-based evaluations of impacts to water, sediments, soil, and biotic resources. Through this NRDA, Great Ecology studies the effects of localized industrial impacts on fish, wildlife, surrounding habitats, and public use of those resources. The final NRDA Report will summarize these findings and present potential opportunities for habitation restoration both regionally and at the contaminated sites.Read More
Great Ecology is assisting a confidential client and the State of New Mexico in supporting litigation related to release of per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on US Air Force Bases in the State. PFAS represent a complex class of chemical compounds that have been used by military and aerospace industries throughout the US. The EPA recognizes the toxic impacts to human health and the environment and has begun to develop measures to address the potential liability and consequences. Great Ecology’s technical team has developed deep expertise in PFAS contamination and is employing that knowledge to evaluate data collected from the air force bases and adjacent properties and assess potential environmental impacts from the release of PFAS, including investigations into potential risk to drinking water and biota from PFAS contaminants
Great Ecology was engaged to provide mitigation bank consulting services on the Moosa Creek Wetland Mitigation Bank (Site) in both the due diligence and permitting phases. Great Ecology conducted a detailed pre-project evaluation to determine the potential value of the Site as an investment, which included an evaluation of the existing design plan and draft permit documents, a pro forma analysis, and a strategy to entitle the Site as a wetland mitigation bank. Following a round of capital funding, Great Ecology is leveraging its planning expertise with its in-depth local public agency experience to advance the project through the design and permitting process