Making It Happen: Practical Advice for Project Implementation

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A presentation about implementing ecosystem restoration projects. Presented by Nick Wildman of the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration during the Buzzards Bay Coalition's 2012 Decision Makers Workshop series. Learn more at www.savebuzzardsbay.org/DecisionMakers

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Making It Happen: Practical Advice for Project Implementation

  1. 1. Making It Happen – The big picture Practical advice for project implementation Nick Wildman, Priority Projects Coordinator Decision Maker Workshop April 5, 2012
  2. 2. In the next few minutes…. • Introduction and Background • Developing good restoration ideas (MOST IMPORTANT!) • Moving ideas to reality • Preparing for implementation Fish stocking in Becket • ‘Show time’ • Discussion Dam removal in Plymouth
  3. 3. Mission: To restore and protect the health and integrity of the Commonwealth's rivers, wetlands, and watersheds for the benefit of people, fish, and wildlife Physical restoration projects and... • Stream flow monitoring and restoration • Technical assistance • Adopt-a-Stream • Outreach / Education • Trainings • Policy
  4. 4. After Before Ox Pasture Brook (Rowley) Yokum Brook (Becket)
  5. 5. N Photo credit: Town of Plymouth Photo credit: Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  6. 6. How to develop ‘good’ restoration ideas? How to coordinate an effective approach? Process-based Restoration1 Understand the site potential Focus on drivers of ecosystem structure and function Address root causes of degradation, not symptoms Tailor actions to nature of impairments 1 See T. Beechie et al (2010). Process-based Principles for Restoring River Ecosystems. BioScience (60) 3: 209- 222.
  7. 7. Moving (Good!) Ideas to Reality In the simplest terms, it looks like this... Restoration Ideas Restoration Designs Implementation
  8. 8. Moving Ideas to Reality In the simplest terms, it looks like this... Restoration Ideas But you need these steps... Data collection and modeling Restoration Designs Stakeholder and public input Permitting iterative Construction Bid Process Implementation
  9. 9. Six key factors for dam removal success 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Remove full vertical extent of dam Remove enough of the lateral extent Restore channel consistent with context Evaluate and manage sediments Protect sensitive species Public safety trumps all Your Mantra: Short term disturbance = long term gain
  10. 10. Moving Ideas to Reality In the simplest terms, it looks like this... Restoration Ideas Restoration Designs But you need these steps... Data collection and modeling Stakeholder and public input ...and raise funding throughout Fundraising Fundraising Monitoring Fundraising Construction Bid Process Implementation Permitting
  11. 11. Preparing for Implementation • Are all permits secured? – Work start notifications and inspections • Is all funding in order? – Who is holding the contract? – Who is issuing the bid? – Flow of invoices and payments • Who is doing construction oversight? – Schedule and reporting
  12. 12. Show Time! • Celebrate – you deserve it • Contractor communication – Early problem identification – Collaboration on solutions (cost implications) – Who is the “decider”? • Daily cleanup and erosion control checks • Safety First – Maintaining control into work sites – Limiting risks
  13. 13. Implementation Lessons Learned • Communicate regularly with everyone – Project team, public, press • Expect the unexpected • Document everything – Change orders, meeting minutes, decisions
  14. 14. Implementation Lessons Learned (II) • End of project = START of restoration – Restoration relieves stress – Mother Nature and Father Time April 2010 Eel River Headwaters August 2010
  15. 15. More information: MA Division of Ecological Restoration Nick Wildman 617.626.1527 nick.wildman@state.ma.us Discussion
  16. 16. October 2010
  17. 17. December 2010
  18. 18. May 2011
  19. 19. May 2011
  20. 20. What do we DO about it? • Protect building! • Monitor

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