Water's Edge Ecological Engineering

WATER'S EDGE

ECOLOGICAL ENGINEERING

Civil engineering with a natural twist.




Engineering solutions for northern Maine
from the heart of Aroostook County

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Water's Edge Ecological Engineering  |  Jennifer Brophy, P.E.
P.O. Box 320  |  Portage, ME 04768  |  207-231-1782
jbrophy@waters-edge-engineering.com  |  www.waters-edge-engineering.com


Water's Edge Ecological Engineering

OUR EXPERTISE


What can WE3 do for you?

STREAM AND WETLAND RESTORATION

WE3's expertise lies in the restoration of ecologically-sensitive sites, including wetlands, swamps, bogs, streams, rivers, and brooks. We love getting our boots muddy and can help you meet your wetland permit requirements, solve flooding and erosion problems, and keep your land value high.

Stream restoration includes making physical changes to the depth, width, and geometry of the stream; adding structures and reinforced bed material to keep reduce erosion; and planting native riparian species of plants and trees. Properly engineered, these changes contribute to the self-sustaining health of our waterbodies, help to protect groundwater, and support the biodiversity that makes Maine beautiful.

The restoration and protection of bogs, vernal pools, ponds, swamps, marshes, and lakes may include physical changes to the water body, the addition of specialized liner or substrate material, and the installation of native plant material. Far from being nuisance areas, wetlands keep water and groundwater clean, provide important habitat and biodiverity, and provide flood protection. WE3 staff has designed wetlands as small as 2 acres and as large as 70 acres, fed by stormwater, overland flow, and groundwater.

STORMWATER

WE3 specializes in fixing your stormwater runoff problems. We have extensive experience designing:

  • Sustainable stormwater (sometimes called low-impact development or LID) projects. Sustainable stormwater includes functional landscape features like rain gardens, water quality swales, and permeable pavement. It also includes building features like green roofs and living walls. WE3 is your one-stop shop for all things that help you manage runoff in a woods-friendly manner.
  • Conventional stormwater projects such as culverts, swales, and berms.
  • Buffers and other vegetative features that help keep our ponds, lakes, and rivers clean.

CAD DESIGN AND DRAFTING

WE3 has extensive experience with Autodesk products (including AutoCAD, AutoCAD Map, and Civil 3D) and Bentley Microstation drafting software. We are available on a contract basis for CAD design, drafting, and rendering for projects and map creation, including easy-to-read trail maps and local amenities graphics.

WE3 staff has also instructed both students and professionals in the use of Autodesk products and is available for teaching services.

HOMEOWNER AND SMALL PROJECT SERVICES

Have a project that needs technical expertise? Don't know where to get started? WE3 can help! We have the background to:

  • Develop classroom engineering projects for grade school through the high school classroom. WE3 staff has been priveleged to teach engineering at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics and is adept at bringing engineering concepts to the students' level.
  • Provide engineering services for a wide range of household and landscape issues, from decks and benches to treehouses and gardens. We can help you reach your whimsy.
  • Assist with Eagle Scout projects, shoreline cleanup coordination, grant activities, and permit coordination.

Give us a call to chat about your needs.

PROJECT GRAPHICS AND DESIGN

Although it's not our main focus, WE3 loves working on project graphics, including concept plans and brochures, project photography, marketing materials, and website design. Let us help your project stand out against the crowd. We are adept at turning technical details into easy-to-read graphics, a must for client meetings and public forums.

Our staff has experience with:

  • Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Autodesk products, including AutoCAD, Civil3D, and Impression
  • HTML, CSS, Wordpress, PHP, jquery, and SQL
  • Microsoft Office products

Stream and Wetland Restoration  |   Stormwater  |   CAD Design and Drafting  |   Homeowner and Small Project Services  |   Project Graphics and Design


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ABOUT WE3


Peer into our past

CERTIFICATIONS

B.S. Civil Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

M.Eng. Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University

Licensed Professional Engineer (Maine #11910, Virginia #42500, Maryland #38062)

LEED Accredited Professional

Registered Maine Guide

Wilderness First Responder

Jen Brophy grew up in the North Maine Woods' Deboullie Township and translated her love of woods and water into a career. For nearly a decade, she worked to solve stormwater issues and restore streams and wetlands outside of Washington, D.C. Now, in addition to consulting, she holds her Maine guide license, is a certified WFR, and runs the Red River Camps, the ideal base for a firm that adds a natural twist to civil engineering.

Take a look at Jen's full resume here.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Development and instruction for "Engineering Exploration," a class for 10-12th grade at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics. 2013-2014. Limestone, ME

“Technical Performance of an Integrated LID Site.” Philadelphia Low Impact Development Symposium. 2011. Philadelphia, PA

“The Virginia Watershed Implementation Plan and Stormwater Management Regulations.” NAIOP Chapter Leadership and Legislative Retreat. 2011. Washington, D.C.

“Chesapeake Bay TMDL and Virginia Stormwater Regulations.” Engineers and Surveyors Institute continuing education series. 2011. Chantilly, VA.

“Sustainable Stormwater Regulation and Implementation.” Engineers and Surveyors Institute continuing education series. 2010. Gainesville, VA.

“Green Stormwater Practices.” Half Moon Seminars’ Stormwater Management Seminar #10030. 2010. Fairfax, VA.

“Low Impact Development at Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.” The 2nd National Low Impact Development Conference. 2007. Wilmington, NC.

“Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design at Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.” American Institute of Architects National Convention. 2007. San Antonio, TX.

PUBLICATIONS

"Treating Urban Stream Syndrome: The Relationship Between Population Density and Impervious Surfaces.” Article in Commonwealth Contractor, Associated Builders and Contractors- Virginia Chapter, Spring 2012.

Stormwater Regulation Effects on the Building Industry.” Article in Commonwealth Contractor, Associated Builders and Contractors- Virginia Chapter, March 2010.

Low Impact Developemt: A Case Study on Protecting Urban Streams.” Article in Land Development, National Association of Home Builders, Fall 2007.

“An Analysis of Impervious Area vs. Population Growth in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Between 1990 and 2000.” Report from Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc., 2010.

“Fall Foliage: The Science Behind the Phenomenon.” Article in Our Maine Street Magazine, Fall 2012.

“Spring on the Lake: What Drives Lake Turnover?” Article in Our Maine Street Magazine, Spring 2013.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

WE3 stays on the cutting edge of the natural-resources field, from stream restoration training with some of the most well-known names in the business to learning the fine details of state and Federal stormwater management regulation. The following is a small sample of the professional development we've undertaken:

Low Impact Development Application for Water Resource Management, 2012

Constructed Wetland and Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance System Design, 2011

The Next Generation Stormwater Controls, Chesapeake Stormwater Training Partnership, 2010

Rainwater Harvesting and Water-Efficient Landscaping, Virginia Cooperative Extension, 2010

Fundamentals of Sustainable Engineering, ASCE, 2010

Stormwater Management for TMDLs, 2010

Advanced HEC-RAS Short Course, Arthur C. Miller, Ph.D., P.E., 2008

Designing Bio-Infiltration BMPs for Stormwater Quality, University of Wisconsin- Madison, 2006

River Restoration and Natural Channel Design (Level I - Level IV), Wildland Hydrology, 2004-2005

Certifications  |   Speaking Engagements  |   Publications  |   Professional Development


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PROJECT EXAMPLES


At WE3, great design is second nature.

RED RIVER CAMPS
WEBSITE AND MARKETING

In addition to WE3, Jen runs the successful Red River Camps in the Deboullie Township. Marketing for Red River includes design, text, HTML and CSS coding, and website photography, as well as brochure and advertisement creation.

Visit the Red River website.


 

 

PATTEN LUMBERMEN'S MUSEUM
WEBSITE AND BROCHURE

WE3 was contracted to create a Wordpress-based website for the Patten Lumbermen's Museum in northern Penobscot county. Project duties included design, text, some HTML and CSS coding, and Wordpress administration.

WE3 was also contracted to create a map and rack-card style brochure for the Museum's Seboeis River Heritage Trail.

Visit the Patten Lumbermen's Museum website.

MAINE SPORTING CAMP ASSOCIATION
WEBSITE AND BROCHURE

As part of her work with the Maine Sporting Camp Association, Jen created and maintains the Maine Sporting Camp Association website, including design, text, HTML and CSS coding, Wordpress and member database administration, and mapping. This project also involved the creation of MSCA's current marketing brochure and other advertising.

Visit the Maine Sporting Camp Association website.

WETLAND STUDIES AND SOLUTIONS
LID AND LEED SELF-GUIDED TOUR

As part of her work with Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc., in Gainesville, Virginia, Jen was responsible for giving tours of the company's extensive low-impact development site features. She (and others) ended up giving so many tours that a self-guided tour option became not only logical, but necessary. Project responsibilities included text, layout/design, CAD work, and photography.

TREATING URBAN STREAM SYNDROME: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN POPULATION DENSITY AND IMPERVIOUS SURFACES

"The effects of development on water quality have been well-documented. For example, between 1994 and 2006, research from Schueler(1), Arnold(2), and Cianfrani(3) independently concluded that changes in land use can play a major role in altering hydrology and pollutant loads. These effects can be controlled, however, and many levels of government have already taken steps or are looking at ways to legislate stormwater management to control what happens to runoff and the bodies of water that runoff enters. Surprisingly, though, another source for mitigation that should be considered in the discussion is density..."

~ Land Development (National Association of Home Builders), Spring 2012

Read the full article here.

STORMWATER REGULATION EFFECTS ON THE BUILDING INDUSTRY

"On December 9, 2009, the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board (SWCB) unanimously adopted new statewide stormwater management (SWM) regulations that will reduce the allowable pollutant load a development project can discharge during storm events. Now just two months later, in February 2010, suspension of the new regulations appears imminent as HB 1220 and SB 395 have passed the Virginia House and Senate, respectively. HB 1220 states that the new regulation "shall become effective within 280 days after the establishment by the United States Environmental Protection Agency of a Chesapeake Bay-wide Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) but in any case no later than December 1, 2011." By suspending the regulations, the SWCB will be able to base the new target loadings on data published and enforced by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), rather than try to hit a moving target..."

~ Commonwealth Contractor (Associated Builders and Contractors - Virginia Chapter), March 2010

Read the full article here.

LOW-IMPACT DEVELOPMENT: A CASE STUDY ON PROTECTING URBAN STREAMS

"The site of the Gainesville, Virginia, office of Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc., isn't like other office sites. This fact is evident from the moment you turn onto the driveway, pass the meadown grasses, and park on the pervious concrete paers. A tour of the rest of the site reveals gravel parking areas, more pervious pavement; an underground cistern and drip irrigation; a green roof; a rain garden; and a vegetated water-quality swale. Collectively, these practices come together to create an integrated Low Impact Development (LID) site..."

~ Land Development (National Association of Home Builders), Fall 2007

Read the full article here.

SUSTAINALBLE STORMWATER DESIGN

As part of Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc., Jen was responsible for a wide variety of sustainable stormwater designs, including pervious concrete, rain gardens, and green roofs.

HUNNEWELL LAKE AUXILIARY SPILLWAY

This project involves the redesign of an existing auxiliary spillway to provide a barrier to invasive species during high flows and to stop water from flowing over the roadway, which has subsided from years of use. The plan also includes the redirection of the existing stream away from the roadway.

CRATER BOG OUTLET STRUCTURE REFURBISHMENT

The Crater Bog outlet, a manmande stucture between Crater Bog and Togue Pond in the Deboullie Township, maintains the bog's water level and provides a barrier for invasive fish species. This project refurbished the portions of the dam that had fallen into disrepair.

Take a look at a few of the projects we've worked on. Some of these projects are specific to WE3; others were done by Jen as an employee of Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc., in Gainesville, Virginia.


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