Alcott Street Dam Removal and Portage Creek Restoration

About this Project

Houston-based environmental firm MECx, Inc. hired our team to provide various services for a dam removal and creek restoration project in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

  • Safety oversight
  • Engineering
  • Surveying
  • Vibration monitoring
  • Utility locating
  • Well abandonment services



Safety oversight

We were primarily responsible for performing safety oversight duties, including:

  • Leading tailgate safety meetings
  • Worker monitoring
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) checks
  • Processing safety documentation (including necessary work activity permits)


Our team also assisted the MECX Project Manager with engineering tasks. For instance, we prepared design plans and figures for proposed activities, which included flood analysis and recommendations for removing the dam.


The survey team stepped in to complement our engineering support as well — they performed longitudinal profiles, cross-sections, and settlement readings. Our design team also created 3-D models, which help the contractor excavate and grade efficiently in wet river channel conditions.

More services

We also managed dam demolition and river channel excavation activities, including water quality and vibration monitoring. And further, we abandoned on-site monitoring wells and performed underground utility locating and mapping services.

Our engineers, surveyors, and safety professionals ensured all contractors were working within compliance. Throughout the project, we also assured local stakeholders that the work was performed using safe and effective management practices.

Contact Us


830 W Washington St
Marquette, MI 49855

Offices in Michigan, Wisconsin, Montana, Arizona, and Nebraska

(906) 228-5125

Robert Lehto – President

Tom Anthos – Vice President