Challenges of Multi-Goal Urban Stream Restoration-Kovalcik and Borcherds, 2012
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The restoration of this degraded, urban stream yields ecological function and value while providing high school students with hands-on environmental science experience and an enriching, living outdoor ...

The restoration of this degraded, urban stream yields ecological function and value while providing high school students with hands-on environmental science experience and an enriching, living outdoor classroom. Participants will learn from this real-life example how city officials can work with a local school districts to empower students to restore habitat, while ensuring the protection of downstream property and preventing flooding.

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  • Tributary to Tinkers Creek
  • Tinkers Creek Land Conservancy prepared a watershed Plan in 2005
  • Within what is known as the Hudson Springs subwatershed
  • In 2000 was simply a drainage ditch corridor used occasionally by some biology teachersMore emphasis placed on science and less on social/global studies.Field studies became a major component as opposed to entirely classroom based learningSustainability and sustainable practices stressed at a local and personal level to improve responsibility and best practices within the communityThe City identified the floodplain around the HHS Tributary as an opportunity to retain stormwater.
  • Over 12,000 CY of material excavated and placed on upland areas around the school property.Sound barrier for the highway one practice field raised and leveled
  • Over 12,000 CY of material excavated and placed on upland areas around the school property.Sound barrier for the highway one practice field raised and leveled
  • Official presentation end slide, as well as the ballroom slide.

Challenges of Multi-Goal Urban Stream Restoration-Kovalcik and Borcherds, 2012 Challenges of Multi-Goal Urban Stream Restoration-Kovalcik and Borcherds, 2012 Presentation Transcript

  • Great Lakes Restoration ConferenceSeptember 11, 2012Challenges in Multi-goal StreamRestoration Projects Peter Briggs
  • Great Lakes Restoration ConferenceSeptember 11, 2012Presenters Paul Kovalcik Senior Environmental Scientist J. Meiring Borcherds Biohabitats, Inc. Regional Watershed Coordinator Great Lakes Bioregion Office Cuyahoga County Board of Health
  • Great Lakes Restoration Conference September 11, 2012 Workshop Goals • Looking beyond habitat and improved ecology • Learn perspectives of from multiple stakeholders • Making the most out of available fundingUSFWS , Edward Steenstra USFWS ,Steve Hillebrand USFWS , Thomas Barnes
  • Great Lakes Restoration ConferenceSeptember 11, 2012Hudson High SchoolTinkers Creek Stream Restoration
  • Great Lakes Restoration Conference September 11, 2012Tinkers Creek Stream Watershed• Largest tributary to the Cuyahoga River (96 square miles)• Approximately 30 miles in length• Drains 24 communities in three different counties• Nearly 19% impervious surface (range 6% to 47% for the subwatersheds)• Tinkers Creek Watershed Partners Project Site
  • Great Lakes Restoration Conference September 11, 2012Hudson High SchoolTinkers Creek Stream Restoration• 180 acre watershed (0.28 sq mi)• Medium density residential development• 17% impervious surface• Restoration reach was once ditched and straightened• Entirely on High school property
  • Great Lakes Restoration ConferenceSeptember 11, 2012 Existing Conditions
  • Great Lakes Restoration Conference September 11, 2012 Project History• In 2000 HHS teachers began developing the concept of using the stream corridor as a land lab to teach advanced ecology and biology.• During summer 2003 the City of Hudson experienced severe/fatal flooding, completed an aggressive Stormwater Master Plan in 2004, and updated stormwater regulations.• In 2005 a Watershed Master Plan was developed for Tinkers Creek• In 2008 the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, in partnership with Tinkers Creek Watershed Partners, City of Hudson, and the Hudson City School District, applied for and received a 319 Grant through the Ohio EPA.
  • Great Lakes Restoration Conference September 11, 2012 Stakeholders and Priorities• Ohio EPA - Correct NPS caused water quality impairment to Ohio’s surface water resources work toward aquatic life use attainment in impaired waters (improved aquatic habitat and water quality).• Hudson High School - High quality education through development of an Outdoor Land Lab• City of Hudson - Increased retention/detention• Cuyahoga County Board Of Health - Improved surface water quality to protect public health
  • Great Lakes Restoration ConferenceSeptember 11, 2012Our Task• Four groups• Develop your goals and objectives for the project• Report to the group
  • Great Lakes Restoration ConferenceSeptember 11, 2012What HappenedUSFWS , Dave Menke
  • Great Lakes Restoration ConferenceSeptember 11, 2012 Project Goals• Improved water quality and reduced erosion• QHEI of 60 by June, 2012• Wetland floodplain and in-stream habitat creation• Develop a high quality land lab with Hudson High School Teachers• Dissipate stream energy• 2.0 million gallons of storage in the channel and floodplain• Attenuate the existing 25 year storm discharge down to the 2 year predevelopment rate
  • Great Lakes Restoration ConferenceSeptember 11, 2012Design Elements• Hydrology and Hydraulics• Compatibility of retention/detention with habitat restoration• Student access• Excess soil excavation• Design specifications for culverts• Limited budget for planting
  • Great Lakes Restoration ConferenceSeptember 11, 2012Habitat and Water quality• Floodplain riffle weirs to maximize floodplain wetland habitat• Improved sediment and pollutant processing• Increased pool habitat• Wet meadow, emergent wetland, scrub shrub wetland, and riparian forest planting zones will be installed.
  • Great Lakes Restoration ConferenceSeptember 11, 2012Habitat and Water Quality
  • Great Lakes Restoration ConferenceSeptember 11, 2012Habitat and Water Quality
  • Great Lakes Restoration ConferenceSeptember 11, 2012Habitat and Water Quality
  • Great Lakes Restoration ConferenceSeptember 11, 2012Land Lab• One stream day of pre-restoration monitoring in spring 2012• Students will continue to monitor the restored channel.• Designated paths and monitoring stations established• Habitat “classrooms” associated with planting zones• Students will assist with planting in November 2012
  • Great Lakes Restoration ConferenceSeptember 11, 2012Floodplain Retention and Storage• 2.0 million gallons of storage capacity• Pre-development 2 year discharge achieved• Passage of aquatic life maintained
  • Great Lakes Restoration ConferenceSeptember 11, 2012Floodplain Retention and Storage
  • Great Lakes Restoration ConferenceSeptember 11, 2012Floodplain Retention and Storage
  • Great Lakes Restoration Conference September 11, 2012 Summary/Lessons Learned• We often do not understand the full implications of our goals until the design process.• Multi-goal projects present challenges, but the rewards are high.• Never stop looking for funding to improve the project.
  • Great Lakes Restoration ConferenceSeptember 11, 2012 Thank you
  • Great Lakes Restoration ConferenceSeptember 11, 2012 Thank you
  • Great Lakes Restoration ConferenceSeptember 11, 2012 Questions
  • Great Lakes Restoration ConferenceSeptember 11, 2012 Field Trips: Board on the 1st floor, West Superior Ave entrance (bottom of Grand Staircase) Trolleys board 2:30 Joint Reception: trolleys begin departing at 5:45
  • Great Lakes Restoration ConferenceSeptember 11, 2012 Spread the word! Wireless password: HOW12 Conference website: Conference.healthylakes.org Email us photos, comments, tweets or video: healthylakes@gmail.com On Twitter? Use the hashtag: #healthylakes