Skip to main content
Start of main content

Loring Air Force Base Wetlands Habitat Restoration and Creation Program

One of the largest successful sediment removal action and wetland/stream restoration projects in the northeastern US

  • 2.5

    Miles of Brook Trout Habitat

  • 55

    Acres of Wetland Restored

  • Limestone, Maine

    Limestone, Maine

Dedication to restoring wetlands habitat to its natural environment

As part of the Air Force downsize following the Cold War, Loring AFB was no longer needed as a strategic defensive position in North America. During the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program, environmental services were required to remove contaminated sediments and execute compensatory mitigation.

Working cooperatively with state and federal agencies, our team was engaged to execute services over the past 25 years. This has included baseline terrestrial and aquatic ecological characterizations, hydraulic analysis and modeling, ecological risk assessments, fisheries population surveys, restoration planning and design, construction oversight, and long-term ecological monitoring. Notably, the creation, design, and construction of an emergent marsh adjacent to the East Loring Reservoir utilized water control structures and now provides a high value wading bird and waterfowl habitat.

In the end, we were able to restore more than 55 acres of wetland and 2.5 acres of riverine and high value brook trout habitat. The US National Academy of Science uses this work as an example of a successful wetland and stream restoration project, and several short courses across the US feature this project as a case study.

At a Glance

  • United States Air Force
Maine Society of Engineers Grand Conceptor Award
Meet Our Team

Doug Stewart , Senior Principal, USE Regional Sector Leader, Environmental Services

Building dynamic teams to help our clients succeed in a world where they are challenged by new and changing environmental regulations/policies is key to our success.
Doug Stewart Senior Principal, USE Regional Sector Leader, Environmental Services Read More

Doug Stewart

Senior Principal, USE Regional Sector Leader, Environmental Services

We're better together

  • Become a client

    Partner with us today to change how tomorrow looks. You’re exactly what’s needed to help us make it happen in your community.

    Contact Us
  • Design your career

    Work with passionate people who are experts in their field. Our teams love what they do and are driven by how their work makes an impact on the communities they serve.

    Join the Team
End of main content
To top