Lynker offers a multi-disciplined approach to addressing the key complexities in watershed planning, river restoration, estuarine, and coastal management projects.
Our experts have decades of experience in helping organizations develop watershed plans and restoration plans and designs, and the technical, research and outreach aspects of these projects. We have deep expertise in tidal hydrodynamics, wave transformation, wave agitation in harbors, littoral currents, long-term and short-term beach stability, tidal marsh and mangrove dynamics, and dispersion of sediment and thermal plumes.
Lynker’s Water Resources professionals incorporate our water resources experience with our respected geomorphology practice to provide watershed planning and stream assessments, water quality and quantity analyses, river restoration, and coastal environment management. From desktop analysis to field assessments to design and on the ground construction, our technical staff conduct assessments on the existing condition of the watershed that can be included with and incorporated into a comprehensive water quality and quantity model to aid in the identification of restoration opportunities within a watershed and on streams, information can then be used to prioritize restoration activities and restoration design-build projects led by our experienced professionals. Lynker often works directly with contractors on in-stream restoration projects to ensure that the design and associated permits are followed.
We have extensive experience in coastal hazard modeling and geomorphic assessment. Our marine scientists, oceanographers, and engineers address complex coastal hazards using state-of-the-science instrumentation, analysis, and computational techniques to conduct field and modeling studies. They have successfully completed projects across the US for a variety of clients, including government agencies and private industry, and in collaboration with universities and other consultancies. Lynker conducts flood and geomorphic hazard modeling and analysis projects that have substantive impacts on decision makers in coastal hazards and risk.
Channel Migration Zone Modeling and Delineation
Lynker has experience working effectively with multi-disciplinary and stakeholder teams to develop effective geomorphological approaches to river and watershed management to mitigate flood and debris flow damages, reduce sediment loading, and enhance fish habitat. Lynker Personnel have worked for decades in stream restoration, including flood hazard and risk studies in Africa for the World Bank, in the Pacific Northwest for Master Plan developments alongside blue-ribbon trout fishing streams and in California for the town of Forest Falls, a community frequently hit by large debris flows. Our scientists have also aided in the development of guidelines for Channel Migration Zone Hazard Assessment, an approach now being taken up by several states, including Colorado and Washington.
Lynker has experts in sediment transport and coastal geomorphology, who have analyzed issues related to coastal change and coastal restoration from the coast of Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico. Our team understands the pressures on our coasts from rising sea levels, nutrient impacts, and coastal development. In addition, we keep abreast of recent research on coastal restoration techniques that can maintain productive coastal ecosystems and ecosystem services.
Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA)
The Lynker team brings extensive experience with natural resource damage assessments, which seek to quantify the environmental impacts of hazardous materials released to the environment, so that the public can be compensated for these injuries to fund environmental restoration. Our scientists have supported natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) activities related to mine sites, oil spills, and industrial facilities across the United States, supporting state, federal and tribal governments to secure settlements from responsible parties. We are well-versed in NRDA techniques related to surface water, groundwater, soil, and coastal wetland injuries, and we develop innovative, legally defensible analyses to estimate monetary damages to support litigation.
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