BrightFields, Inc. was retained by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) to plan and manage the remediation, restoration and maintenance activities at Mirror Lake in Dover, Delaware.  DNREC’s goal is to lift the current fish advisory at Mirror Lake, by the in-situ remediation placement of a layer of activated carbon onto the lake bottom sediments to sequester the existing contaminants so they are no longer bio-available to fish and aquatic organisms.  Restoration activities included creating an intertidal wetland, bank stabilization, installation of grade control structures, and riparian buffer planting.

The remediation of the lake sediments was done by uniformly spreading SediMite™ throughout the lake and the surrounding up and down stream areas.  SediMite™ was spread from the bank of the lake using a telebelt, as well as from boats on the lake through the use of an induction air horn, Vortex spreaders, and by hand.  SediMite™ was spread by three different methods to overcome access and water depth issues.

• A total of 79 tons of SediMite™ was used to cover the entire lake and stream bottoms in the project area.
• Volunteer hours were used to spread SediMite™.

The restoration of the lake and surrounding areas included the pruning of plants along the east and west banks, the enhancement of the existing sandbar on the east side, the creation of an intertidal wetlands, the reinforcement of the west bank with coir logs and mulch. Two rock vanes were constructed upstream of the wetlands to assist in directing the natural flow of the Thalweg.

• The intertidal wetland was created over an area of approximately 20,000 square feet using over 1,325 tons of sand.
• The two rock vanes were installed using 120 tons of large stone and riprap.
• 800 linear feet of 16-inch diameter coir logs were placed along the west bank.
• Over 3,000 plants were planted and 7 rolls of coir matting were placed to create wetland habitat.

To learn more about the Mirror Lake project, please check out the video on DNREC’s YouTube channel.


(WILMINGTON, Del., October 23, 2012) Marian Young, president of BrightFields Inc., has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the Society of Women Environmental Professionals of Greater Philadelphia’s Annual Touchstone Award. Young will receive the award on November 7, 2012, during a SWEP reception at Trust, 249 Arch Street, Philadelphia. Judy Wicks, founder of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia and co-founder of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, will be the keynote speaker.

The annual SWEP Touchstone Awards, initiated in 1997, are an integral part of the organization’s mission to support and promote the leadership and achievement of women professionals in the environmental field ( “SWEP’s Award recipients set a high standard for quality and excellence, and are distinguished by their professional commitment, leadership and achievement,” according to Joanna Waldron, co-chair of SWEP’s Touchstone Award Reception. Named for the fieldstones used by gemologists to test the purity of gold, the Touchstone Award showcases women who have made or are making a significant contribution to the environmental field and who have truly set a benchmark in the environmental profession.

Young, in conjunction with Mark Lannan, purchased the assets of WIK Associates in 2003 and formed BrightFields Inc. ( She led the charge in growing BrightFields from a start-up of 12 people to a staff of 37 focused on brownfield property redevelopment. She has been at the environmental forefront of reclaiming Wilmington’s waterfront over a 15-year transformation from industrial wasteland to a vibrant urban center. In 2008, she earned recognition as the SBA Small Business Person of the year for the state of Delaware.

Young serves on the board of directors and co-chairs the Environmental Committee for the Committee of 100, a Delaware-based business organization focused on responsible economic development and quality of life issues. She is also the vice president of DEED – Delawareans for Environmental and Economic Development, a coalition of labor and business leaders. Twice appointed to Governor’s Working Groups to address Recycling and Solid Waste issues, Young currently serves on the New Castle County Recharge Protection Technical Advisory Council and on the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Brownfields Committee.

As volunteer Environmental Advisor to Delaware Center for Horticulture, Young developed a system of liners for raised garden beds to allow safe urban agriculture on brownfield properties, an approach adopted in Community Gardens throughout the city and in Wilmington’s first Urban Farm.

A former president of Main Street Delaware City Inc., a nonprofit revitalization group affiliated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Young currently chairs Delaware City’s Ecotourism Program, focused on restoring, interpreting and marketing the natural environment of this charming riverfront town. Successful fundraising has included grants from the Citizens Involvement Advisory Council and the Audubon Society.

Young demonstrates Backyard Composting and Kitchen Scrap Worm Composting for urban Wilmington schoolchildren every Earth Day. She ensures that the company and its employees give back to the community by supporting numerous nonprofits, charities and events through donations, in-kind services and volunteerism, including serving on committees and boards; each year, BrightFields employees donate their time to Habitat for Humanity for Long-Term Stewardship monitoring on brownfield redevelopment projects.

BrightFields Inc. is an environmental consulting and remediation services firm with offices in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Certified as a woman-owned business in these three states and by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, BrightFields has built a solid reputation for excellent client service and technical quality. BrightFields specializes in:
• Brownfield Redevelopment
• Phase I & II Investigations
• Residential and Commercial Energy Audits
• Soil and Groundwater Remediation
• Asbestos and Lead Services
• Underground Storage Tanks
• Environmental Permitting, Auditing and Compliance
• Stream bank Restoration

Visit or call Cheryl Titcher at 302-656-9600 for more information.

BrightFields is pleased to announce our new membership with Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County’s newest out-reach program, Habitat Young Professionals Committee.    The vision of the Habitat Young Professionals Committee is to raise money, create awareness, and promote volunteerism for Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County, Delaware.

In the six years that BrightFields has been working with Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County, we have helped transform potentially environmentally contaminated and under used brownfield properties into clean and safe working environments for Habitat volunteers to construct safe and affordable homes for families in need.  We have seen a total of 24 homes completed and are currently working on completing another 21 homes.