White Fox Wetland Mitigation - Wright County, Iowa

Craig A. Shultz & Michael J. Heller, CPESC

Natural resource areas such as stream and wetland areas have a wide range of environmental and economic benefits to public and private partners. This presentation offers examples of how a private landowner restored 90 acres of floodplain and stream by utilizing design methods that successfully restored an aquatic ecosystem. Applicable best management practices were utilized to ensure the land in and around the site was improved long-term.

Learning Objectives: 

  • How stream bank stabilization projects can be utilized as a potential income source for private and public partners.
  • How to identify and understand the best BMPs for wetland projects.
  • How to properly install the most commonly used BMPs

Presented by Craig A. Shultz – Business Development Manager, American Excelsior Company & Michael J. Heller, CPESC – Senior Environmental Scientist, JEO Consulting Group, Inc

Mr. Craig Shultz is employed by American Excelsior Company - Earth Science Division - Arlington, TX, as the Business Development Manager. Mr. Shultz graduated from the University of Kansas. He has worked on numerous E&S control projects and has experience with rolled erosion controls blankets, Turf Reinforcement Mats, hydraulic mulches, Alternative Daily Landfill Cover and other erosion and sediment control products. He is an active member of ASTM where he serves as the Chairman of Task Group D18.25.08 (Sediment Control). Mr. Shultz participates in the Erosion Control Technology Council (ECTC). In addition, Mr. Shultz is an industry member on the National Transportation Product Evaluation Program (NTPEP) Technical Committee on Erosion Control Products and Sediment Retention Devices.

Michael Heller is a Senior Environmental Scientist with JEO Consulting Group, Inc., an engineering, architecture, planning, and surveying firm. JEO has 13 offices located throughout Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas, with Mike based out of their Omaha, Nebraska office. Michael has been working in the Midwest with natural resources since 1992 and specializes as a wetland ecologist and as a stormwater manager. His experience includes MS4 permit administration and compliance. His work as a project manager has included projects for green infrastructure and low-impact development, implementing public education and outreach programs, preparing Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans, and inspecting construction sites and municipal facilities for stormwater permit compliance as well as designing wetland and stream mitigation, restoration, and mitigation banking.