Ecosystem Assessments

State, regional and federal government organizations, trustees for natural resources, industries, and environmental groups are challenged by complex issues surrounding living resources and their habitats. These issues extend beyond water quality and involve how living and non-living components of an ecosystem interact with each other and with humans. Human activities can impose multiple, simultaneous stresses on ecosystems that are physical (changes in flows or water levels), chemical (inputs of nutrients or toxics), or biological (invasive species).

Ecosystem problems are usually fraught with high levels of scientific, regulatory and legal complexity. They can involve multiple stakeholders representing environmental, hydropower, navigation, flood control, water supply, and recreational fishing and boating interests.

LimnoTech has a long history of experience in finding sustainable and cost-effective solutions based on relevant data, good science, and an understanding of ecosystem processes. We also have outstanding credibility with regulators and regulated parties. Our basic approach is to synthesize data and findings from numerous studies into integrated conceptual and quantitative models. Our quantitative tools can range from statistical or GIS-based data models to complex, deterministic mass balance or ecosystem models. Regardless of the tools we use, our twin goals are always scientific understanding and management utility.

For ecosystem assessments, LimnoTech offers:

  • Environmental impact assessments
  • Ecosystem modeling
  • Assessment of natural resource damages

LimnoTech places the highest priority on scientific understanding, decision support, and effective communication with all stakeholders.

"Your presentation was a 'bridge builder.'"

Susan Barthel, Columbia Slough Watershed Council