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"Updates on Wetland/Stream Mitigation Banking and Other Ecological Offsets in PA"

Speaker: Jon Kasitz - Client Solutions Manager for RES Northeast Offices

Bio: Jon Kasitz serves as a Client Solutions Manager for RES’ Northeast offices. Based in Pennsylvania, Jon has been working with clients to solve environmental permitting challenges for energy and public/private sector projects since he began his career. Before joining RES in January 2015, Jon worked for 11 years with RETTEW Associates, a leading provider of comprehensive, integrated engineering and related consulting services, where he was Pipeline Market Manager. He holds a BS in Ecology and Biology from Millersville University. Below are link that Jon likes to share to show what his restoration projects look like. Robinson Fork Phase 1 project in Washington County: This project included over 20 miles of stream restoration, the largest of its kind ever completed in PA. Like all our mitigation bank projects, it was built with a floodplain restoration approach, where the stream and wetland restoration is integrated, generating both wetland and stream credit. This floodplain approach rebuilds the entire floodplain, dissipating the energy of the stream during flood events, and creates a lot of high value wetlands along a small, stable channel. There really is no one-sized-fits all approach for restoration, but in our experience this approach (where you have the room and appropriate conditions to work) creates high value wetlands, and also lower risk of having to come back and fix blown out structures. Most of the reaches in the video are around 3-4 years post construction. Laurel Hill in Somerset County: This is from this last summer, and is particularly interesting in that it shows the active construction process, and the scope/magnitude of the construction efforts. Codorus Creek Phase 1 in York County: This video is neat as it highlights some pre-construction photos, as-builts (2019) and Year 1 post-construction shots (July 2020). We are actually building a second phase of this bank (directly downstream) later this year. Jon Kasitz 717.371.6797


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