Conservation Training

IERQC: Fish Habitat Restoration and Long-term Monitoring at a Former Petroleum Storage Facility

May 25, 2023

10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Online

About the Presentation
This presentation focuses on a restoration project designed for a 23-acre former petroleum storage and transfer facility on the shoreline of the Muskegon Lake Area of Concern. The project purpose was to improve fish and wildlife habitat via the restoration and enhancement of site wetlands, to reconnect isolated and fragmented wetland habitat to the lake via construction of a resilient coastal wetland complex, and to restore and improve nearshore habitat. The project used engineering with nature to integrate natural materials and functions to improve the resilience of the restoration. These key concepts included a nature-based segmented shoal system in the nearshore environment and an embankment using segmented vegetative slope protection. The presentation will focus on long-term mitigation monitoring requirements and include a discussion of results through year-2 of post-construction monitoring.

About the Presenter
Dustin (Dusty) L. Tazelaar is a Managing Scientist from Ramboll Americas Engineering Solutions, Inc, a global engineering, architecture, and consultancy company founded in Denmark. He has 18 years of professional experience in the fields of fish and wildlife habitat restoration, ecological risk assessment, and environmental toxicology. Dusty is a project manager and field team leader, focusing on monitoring and survey of ecological communities exposed to environmental pollutants. Dusty has a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife Management and an MS in Animal Science with Specialization in Environmental Toxicology from Michigan State University.