Historically, the practice of straightening, widening, and deepening river channels was common, but these approaches are challenging to sustain and disrupt ecological systems. In response, the Water Framework Directive (WFD) urges water companies to reinstate more natural watercourses.
Stonbury is pleased to offer a range of river restoration solutions from large scale river re-profiling to small-scale stream enhancements to help clients meet WFD objectives by improving flood and drought resilience, increasing biodiversity, and improving water quality.
Stonbury’s specialist teams are trained in biosecurity, protected species, and safe fish rescue for de-watering operations. Each scheme is programmed to minimise environmental impact from start to finish and maximise ecological benefit through the use and re-use of locally sourced organic materials.
Channel realignment and re-meandering via both excavation and the construction of berms and gravel shoals to create flow diversity and promote ecological growth