Watershed Management and Planning

F. X. Browne, Inc. is nationally-recognized as an expert in watershed management and has performed over 75 watershed management projects in 14 states. These projects have included stream and lake monitoring, land use analysis, watershed non-point source pollution inventories, open space needs assessment, ordinance development, water quality modeling, pollution budget development, public education and outreach programs, and management plan development.

Watershed Inventories  

An integral part of almost all of our watershed projects is performing inventories of point and non-point sources of pollution throughout each watershed. We have developed proprietary procedures for inventorying non-point sources in the watershed which combines the use of aerial and GIS maps along with on-site investigation. The result is a detailed inventory of watershed problems that are listed and described in a priority-ranking matrix.

Representative Watershed Management Clients 

Pennypack Creek Rivers Conservation Plan, Philadelphia, PA

Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Planning, Wayne and Pike County, PA

Lake Carey Watershed Assessment, Wyoming County, PA

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Watershed Planning, Morris County, NJ

Watershed Assessment, Camden County, NJ

Additional Clients

We take advantage of a full suite of remote sensing technologies to analyze broad-scale patterns in land use, valley morphology, and stream type.  F. X. Browne, Inc. performs watershed assessments that involve inventorying non-point source problem areas, riparian buffers, and stream corridors.  We have a great deal of experience in performing such watershed assessments for our clients. 

Our reach-level field assessment work in previous projects has included:

        Rosgen Level II, III and IV geomorphic assessment and classification

        Benthic sediment particle size analysis

        Macroinvertebrate sampling, identification, and IBI metric determination

        Macrophyte survey

        Riparian buffer assessment

        Streambank and road side erosion problem inventories

        Assessment of BMP sites

        Restoration potential evaluations

        Stormwater outfalls assessment

        Electro-shocking and fish community IBI determination

        Detention basins assessment

        Periphyton sampling

        Assessment of runoff from parking lots

        Gullying assessment

        Visual assessment techniques



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