Shoreline development – Lake, river and stream

Waterfront and riparian development

Are you a waterfront owner and are you struggling with watercourse issues? Or maybe you want to create a layout that incorporates a lake, stream or river on your land?

The shoreline development professionals at Avizo Consulting can help you.

If you want to obtain the desired result, it is necessary to plan each stage of your landscaping project well:

  1. Preliminary meeting
  2. Site assessment
  3. Shoreline Development Concept
  4. Design of plans and specifications
  5. Application for permit and certificate of authorization
  6. Development work

Stabilization of the banks of watercourses and bodies of water

The professionals at Avizo Consulting also specialize in stabilizing the banks of lakes, rivers and streams.

Depending on your needs and the characteristics of the land, plant engineering techniques, conventional riprap or mixed techniques may be used in your project.

Erosion control

If your property located on the edge of a watercourse is confronted with the pressure of ice and the tearing forces caused by the waves and if year after year you are losing a little ground, we can help you!

Following an in-depth diagnosis of your problem, our specialists will offer you realistic, sustainable solutions that comply with federal, provincial and municipal regulations.

Development of riparian strips

In recent years, Quebec municipalities and cities have tightened their regulations concerning riparian strips.

The shoreline development specialists at Avizo Consulting will suggest developments that comply with municipal regulations and the requirements of the ministère de l’Environnement et de la lutte contre les changements climatiques (MELCC) and the ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP) and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).

Marco Binet, eng., agr.
Marco Binet, eng., agr.
Riparian development project manager

Waterway engineering specialists

Marco Binet combines training in rural engineering and agronomy. He has nearly 30 years of experience in carrying out concepts and studies in water environment engineering. He has developed extensive expertise in the development of waterways, the stabilization of banks and the design of intervention plans at the watershed level. In addition to his in-depth knowledge of plant engineering, he is able to make agronomic recommendations related to various projects. The wide variety of mandates he has successfully completed in the fields of engineering, environment and agronomy make him an excellent manager of large-scale riparian development projects.

Progression of a typical waterfront development project

Depending on the scope of your project, the following steps may be necessary to complete it.

1. Preliminary study

The first meeting with the shoreline development specialists from Avizo Consulting will clarify the objectives of the project and the potential offered by the site.

The work usually begins with the characterization of the environments and a survey of the bank. Our experts will identify the high water mark, the slopes, the type of soil, the vegetation and the fauna in place.

2. Layout design

A shoreline development concept is developed based on the objectives of your project, the characteristics of the site, the budget and the regulatory constraints.

A preliminary version of the layout is presented to you and could be revised after a discussion with your project manager.

Our engineers carry out hydrological studies, size structures and produce plans and specifications for your project. They will recommend environmental mitigation measures and work methods adapted to the protection of the riparian and aquatic environment.

3. Application for permit and certificate of authorization

Once the engineering plans and specifications have been completed and approved by you. The requests for permits and authorizations will be sent to competent authorities such as:

  • MFFP
  • DFO
  • Regional County Municipality (RCM)
  • City or municipality

4. Construction of the layout

After receiving the necessary permits and authorizations, the development work can begin.

Our team of construction specialists is used to working in wet and watery environments and is familiar with the constraints imposed by ministries and municipalities such as the drying up of waterways, the laying of soil protection mulch, floating barriers containment, sediment fences, etc.

Construction specialists in wetlands and bodies of water work under the supervision of our site supervisors who ensure compliance with environmental mitigation measures, work methods, applicable environmental standards and schedules.

Other services

  • Supervision of work in wetlands and bodies of water
  • Design of environmental mitigation plan
  • Hydrological and hydraulic studies
  • Floodplain mapping
  • Stormwater Management Master Plan
  • Legal expertise (expert witness)
  • River instrumentation (flow, water quality, etc.)
  • Ecological expertise for fish habitat

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