Specializing in restoring ecological and hydrological function in degraded upland and riparian habitats.
For more information about Watershed Restoration, please review these additional pages:
- Soil Conservation & Erosion Control
- Stream & Fisheries Restoration
- Wetland & Habitat Restoration
- Erosion Control Field Guide (PDF download)
"Craig Sponholtz has the education, training, skill and experience to back up his trade of restoring erosion scarred Southwestern landscapes. His formal education in agro-ecology, as supplemented by follow up training in wetland science and fluvial processes, uniquely qualify him for restoration of wetland, riparian and upland sites.
I have collaborated with Craig on many projects. He thinks things through, and pays attention to the fundamentals. His rockwork is superb. It is functional and durable, as well as beautifully artistic and pleasing to the eye. It is always a pleasure to work with Craig."
Craig Sponholtz has developed his philosophy of watershed restoration based on over 15 years of hands-on work throughout the Southwest and more recently, worldwide. All of this experience has produced many lessons learned. One of the most important is that not all degradation can or should be be restored. All projects have a limited amount of resources available. Funding, time and management influence over neighboring lands can be limiting factors. This makes project prioritization one of the most critical parts of the watershed restoration process. Where do we focus our limited energy and resources in vast and degraded landscapes? Where can we do the most good?
At Watershed Artisans we seek to recognize the small opportunities that make profoundly beneficial changes. Every project site has it's demands and limitations. We see these as opportunities to refine our designs and respond to the greatest need, while getting the most out of limited restoration resources.
GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR WATERSHED RESTORATION
- Protect and expand moisture storing areas of the landscape.
- Stabilize active erosion and prevent further degradation.
- Restore dispersed flow and increase infiltration at every opportunity.
- Cultivate restorative plant communities to build soil.
- Create site-specific solutions using natural forms and processes.
Craig Sponholtz has experience working in all parts of the watershed, from sheet and gully erosion in uplands, to degraded streams and fisheries, to desiccated wetlands and wildlife habitat. His approach tips the natural balance from degradation to stabilization, allowing self-healing processes to take hold by focusing on holistic solutions that address the root causes of degradation. He guides land owners and managers through the entire process of wetland & habitat restoration assessment, planning, design, implementation, monitoring and maintenance.