Results and Accomplishments
The project helped restore 1,100 feet of stream channel and approximately 2 acres of floodplain and streamside vegetation. The stream channel was reshaped to include new features, such as, an accessable floodplain to store storm water; a more meandering, or S-shaped, channel to hold more water; and a corridor of native trees, shrubs and grasses to improve stream and terrestrial habitat.
A stream restoration booklet is being produced. The partnership documented the process involved in completing the stream restoration project. Highlighting the steps that a project must follow as it moves from conceptualization to reality, it will be featured as a subject in the Cuyahoga American Heritage River Guide to Watershed Stewardship brochure series. Key steps include: Gathering Community and Financial Support, Detail Design Development, Permits and Approvals, On-site Logistics Management and Ongoing Site Management as the project matures into a stable system.
The process will also be highly instructive for understanding how to sustain a project, while coping with aggressive deer populations, the vagaries of NE Ohio weather, and unrelated political storms.
Through this project, partnerships have grown and strengthened, which will help foster similar watershed stewardship efforts in the future.