The restoration of the Pike River, in Mount Pleasant, Wis., is one of the largest streambank restoration projects in the Midwest. raSmith’s ecologists have been providing various services to this restoration effort for a number of years.
The project expanded south, into the Village of Sturtevant, with help from funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Partnering with Sturtevant and Thompson & Associates Wetland Services, our ecologists conduct annual monitoring of invasive vegetation species. raSmith also helps lead control efforts along several miles of the restored streambank. The ecologists monitor and map invasive vegetation populations, which are followed by ongoing cutting and herbicide treatments.
raSmith and Thompson & Associates have also begun research on the control of reed manna grass, thanks to a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Invasive Species grant. This research is also important to protecting river floodplains and marshes across eastern Wisconsin because the grass is aggressively invasive.