Stream + Wetlands Foundation (formerly Ohio Wetlands Foundation) formed as a non-profit 501(c)(3) in 1992 in response to the regulated community’s need to have a compensatory mitigation alternative for impacts to aquatic resources, such as streams and wetlands. S+W uses funds from entities required to provide compensatory mitigation for impacts to aquatic resources to: acquire land; design and complete restoration and rehabilitation projects; and to provide long-term maintenance and stewardship of completed projects. Funding from S+W also supports interpretive signage, public education, recreation, on-site research, and academic research.
S+W established the first wetlands mitigation bank (at the Hebron State Fish Hatchery) in the United States to successfully achieve the required performance standards and to complete the required monitoring. Building on that expertise, S+W has protected, enhanced or restored over 4,000 acres of wetlands, riparian corridors and upland buffers through the establishment of mitigation banks and permittee responsible mitigation projects. Today, S+W continues to provide solutions that benefit businesses and communities in the region we serve.
Stream + Wetlands Supports Student Research at Ohio University’s Voinovich School
S+W is a proud partner with Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs which advances student research in watershed and wetlands programs. In addition to expanded research, our partnership enables the school to increase its academic support of the Master of Science in Environmental Studies and other programs with applied watershed and wetlands projects.
The Voinovich School integrates scholarship and hands-on learning to solve environmental problems. Support by S+W increases funding for talented students to gain practical experience with environmental research projects under the direction of faculty and staff. The school’s Consortium for Energy, Economics and the Environment (CE3) has supported regional watershed restoration efforts for more than a decade by providing coordination, applied research, long-term monitoring and training, and technical assistance to nonprofits and federal, state and local agencies. Much of their work focuses on the coal-bearing region of Ohio and specifically addresses the impacts of acid mine drainage (AMD) from abandoned coal mines.