The mid-Atlantic region is unique in its physiographic complexity
and rich ecological diversity. Its naturally occurring wetlands
mirror that complexity and diversity. Restoration of wetlands and
creation of new wetlands shield waterways from unfiltered runoff and
provide essential habitat for native plant and animal species. They
can also serve as an attractive community amenity.
function and structure of an engineered wetland is determined
by the constructed elevation and the construction techniques of the
designed system. An artificial wetland can be designed and built in
any landscape profile. However, EQR’s goal is construction of a
wetland that emulates the function of a natural wetland.
Accordingly, we recognize that there is more to constructing a
wetland than merely following the specifications and details,
especially if they are standard road specifications and construction
sequences. One must consider time of year of construction and how
the water table and weather affect the site conditions. To construct
a natural system, we have to consider different hydrologic and tidal
conditions, change the handling and placement of soils, determine
how organics are mixed under different construction operations, and
work with regulators to decide what species and planting procedures
are appropriate for the time of year. A design alone cannot address
all of those interactions and the affect on construction methods and
EQR has built hundreds of acres of wetlands, freshwater and tidal,
throughout the mid-Atlantic region.