Wetland Matting

Protecting Wetlands during Utility and Construction Projects

The importance of Ohio’s wetlands. Wetlands are areas of land that are saturated with water, either seasonally or year-round, such as marshes, swamps, bogs, or fens. Wetlands are critical to Northeast Ohio’s water systems and overall habitat; they serve a wide variety of important functions, including:

  • Serving as a home to many fish, plants, and animals, including many that are rare or endangered.
  • Acting as “nature’s kidneys” due to their ability to filter out pollution and other impurities from local water sources.
  • Acting as barriers for reducing storm water flooding and shoreline erosion.
  • Retaining storm water for use during dry spells, thus protecting communities from drought.
  • Allowing for recreational and economic activities such as fishing, hunting, and canoeing.

For these reasons and many others, wetlands are legally protected by the federal government under the Clean Water Act and by the state under the Ohio Administrative Code. Because of this, there are many rules in place outlining the ways in which builders can safely work in wetland areas.

What is Wetland Matting?

Wetlands pose significant challenges to construction and/or utility work for obvious reasons. Ideally, the best way to avoid logistical headaches and protect local wetlands is to avoid crossing them entirely; unfortunately, this is sometimes not possible. To minimize the impact to wetlands during construction and streamline construction efforts, many builders employ wetland matting.

Wetland matting—as the name suggests—is a method of temporary installing a series of durable mats across the surface of a wetland or other small body of water to allow construction vehicles to safely cross without damaging the ecosystem. There are many types of wetland mats, including:

  • Timber mats
  • Crane mats
  • Composite mats
  • Access mats
  • Swamp mats
  • Transition mats
  • Bridge mats

Cleveland’s Wetland Matting Experts

Investing in quality wetland matting for your Northeast Ohio construction or utility job is of the utmost importance; damage to a local wetland can result in significant fines and penalties. Furthermore, if your matting fails, your construction equipment could end up stuck in the mud or flooded, causing an expensive setback. For no-hassle, cost-effective wetland matting you can depend on, look no further than VanCuren Tree Services! For over thirty years, VanCuren has installed all kinds of wetland mats for residential, commercial, and utility construction projects.

If your Greater Cleveland construction project involves crossing a wetland or marsh, contact VanCuren today! We look forward to providing you with a free quote.

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