Project Construction Start: Fall 2022 Completion Date: Spring 2023
Project Estimate: $1,973,400 ($986,700 from Stormwater Utility and $986,700 from VA DEQ Stormwater Local Assistance Fund)
Contractor: Environmental Quality Resources and Stantec
The goal of the Glade Creek stream restoration at Gus Nick Blvd, is to reduce excess sediment loading in the creek caused by high rates of erosion. The high rates of erosion are caused by tall, vertical banks created through historical development including the old Gish Mill Dam. The project will reduce erosion and bank loss by armoring the banks with a mix of stone and woody structures, as well as create benching to increase floodplain capacity. The natural in stream structures and riparian buffer plantings will provide ecological uplift for aquatic organisms and other wildlife, as well as provide a natural setting for outdoor recreation along the Town of Vinton Greenway at Gearhart Park. Engaging in stream bank restorations throughout the City's tributary watersheds will help achieve the sediment waste load allocations under the TMDL requirements as required by the City's MS4 stormwater permit.