Our Story

We are an employee-owned, interdisciplinary firm that specializes in investigations, design, and restoration of rivers, lakes and wetlands. Our team of scientists, engineers, and technicians collaboratively work with clients to develop solutions to complex aquatic challenges that balance human and environmental needs.

History

We got our start in 1984 when a few fly-fishing scientists combined their passion for rivers with knowledge of geomorphology, fish biology, and hydrology to return abused trout streams into the Blue Ribbon fisheries they once were. At a time when most restoration work was performed by individuals with specific interests, we took a team approach utilizing an array of disciplines that actively accounted for many interests, including natural processes. Our team took a risk on advancing this new approach. We launched the business with $4,000, an IBM typewriter, and desks made of old doors and file cabinets.

Today

Over three decades later, we continue to develop cutting-edge designs for river restoration projects that range from tidal restoration, to dam removal, to urban habitat improvements – just to name a few.  To learn more, stop by any of our offices – located in Hood River, Oregon; Bozeman, Montana; St. Paul, Minnesota; Madison, Wisconsin; Cambridge and Williamstown, Massachusetts; and Damariscotta, Maine – and you’ll see why our employees love to work here. It’s their passion, teamwork, and respect for one another that’s led to more than 2,000 successful projects across 4 continents and all regions of the United States.

Timeline

  • 312 BC

    The Roman Empire was one of the first cultures to perform large-scale water engineering.

  • 1900

    130 stream restoration companies were operating in Washington. Their primary job: clearing logs from rivers.

  • 1930s

    On the brink of World War II, large dam construction accelerated.

  • 1960s

    "Detroit riprap" was used up until the late 20th century to stabilize river banks.

  • 1970s

    Growing concern about environmental degradation led to extensive federal legislation in the 1970s, including the National Environmental Policy Act (1970); Clean Water Act (1972); Endangered Species Act (1973); U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1975).

  • 1980s

    Four fly-fishing scientists created Inter-Fluve to restore rivers to the blue ribbon fisheries they once were.

  • 1990s

    Large cities began integrating the natural environment with urban design in ways the Romans never dreamed of.

  • 2000s

    Nationwide, 1300 dams have been removed from 1912 through 2015. We’ve been involved in over 100 of them.

  • 2010s

    Throughout the Northeast, we’re restoring ecological processes to wetlands including degraded cranberry bogs.

  • 2020s

    In California, we’re working with wineries bordering Dry Creek and the Sonoma County Water Agency to provide critical habitat for young coho salmon and steelhead trout.