Surdex Imagery Aids River Cleanup Efforts
March 13, 2020 -- Environmental hazards or risks such as flooding, wildfires, tornados, or even biological infestations or habitat destruction can pose serious – and often costly – problems for public and private entities to identify, isolate, and resolve. Surdex helped Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Inc. (Wood) and ultimately Georgia-Pacific, LLC (GP) with precisely this type of problem, providing essential data for its environmental restoration project.
The Need: Restoring River Habitat Through Carp Removal
In recent years the invasive common carp has encroached upon the Kalamazoo River in Michigan, amongst other waterways and lakes of the region. The carp disturb sediment as they feed upon aquatic invertebrates within the bottom sediments and can consequently disrupt the aquatic vegetation of the river habitat. One of the most effective means of limiting this damage caused by the carp is to reduce their population, which may allow aquatic vegetation to rebound.
Due to common carp’s potential disruption of aquatic vegetation caused by their feeding habits, one means of evaluating carp management success is surveying aquatic vegetation before and after carp removal. Wood was contracted by GP to manage carp in a portion of the Kalamazoo River. One of their approaches was to identify and characterize submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), which the carp can disrupt. Wood collected baseline aquatic...