"The Washington Park Stream Restoration project experienced several flood events that prevented successful completion within the scheduled timeline. The City is working to repair, replant, and revitalize the project in Fall 2020.
The WA Park project is still ongoing and the City is working continuously to create a beautiful, natural place for park users to enjoy. Once compete, the community will enjoy a wide variety of flowering plants, an up close look at the new creek, and access to the larger pedestrian bridge and walkway."
- Curry McWilliams, Project Manager
Project Construction Start: Fall 2019 Initial Completion Date: Fall 2021 (Final Planting: Spring 2022)
Project Estimate: $300,000 ($150,000 Stormwater Utility and $150,000 VA DEQ Stormwater Local Assistance Fund)
Contractor: Ecosystem Services and Ecotone Inc
The goal of the Washington Park stream restoration is to reduce sediment loading from instream erosion mainly caused by high volumes and velocity of stormwater runoff, to improve instream habitat, improve and repair riparian buffers, as well as increasing park aesthetics. Engaging in stream bank restorations throughout the City’s tributary watersheds will help achieve its sediment waste load allocation under the TMDL requirements as required by the City's MS4 stormwater permit. Stabilization of the stream bank riparian buffers will also aid in reducing bacteria levels in Lick Run. Lick Run's primary impairment, measured by the VA DEQ, is for exceeding safe bacteria levels.
Check out the live stream of Lick Run stream at Washington Park here.
"At Ecosystem Services we believe that the environment and human well-being are inextricably connected. The term “ecosystem services” emerged in the early 1980s and came to represent the benefits that people attain from ecosystems. When we started our business we wanted to forward this idea: that proper natural resource management and intervention can strengthen or restore the benefits that communities enjoy from their ecosystems. And not only is it the right thing to do, but it’s also the most cost effective solution in the long term."
"From Ecotone's multi-disciplinary structure, a unique "design-build" environment has emerged where applied knowledge, real-world experience, and adaptive management strategies are incorporated at the earliest stages ensuring a better understanding of the goals and objectives of each project. As a result, we have created a team with exceptional experience capable of streamlining project delivery and effectively reducing costs while providing a restoration project with lasting ecological benefits."