Ward Creek Stream Restoration at Lost Nation Golf Course 

Before:  Ward Creek on Lost Nation Golf Course had eroded banks and lacked floodplain access
After:  Restored stream banks and floodplain area before native vegetation was planted
After:  Restored stream banks and floodplain area after native vegetation was planted
In October 2012, CRWP was awarded a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to introduce a series of green infrastructure projects at sites within the Newell/Ward Creek watershed, which drains to the Chagrin River. Newell/Ward Creek enters the Chagrin River one mile upstream of the mouth to Lake Erie, and does not meet Ohio EPA water quality standards due to stormwater flows and stream modification.  One of the project sites was at the Willoughby Lost Nation Municipal Golf Course.
The City of Willoughby, CRWP, and Lake SWCD partnered to stabilize 2,900 linear feet of streambank along Newell/Ward Creek and approximately 3 acres of riparian corridor with native vegetation within the golf course. Before restoration, the riparian corridor mostly consisted of turf grass.
This restoration project was completed in Spring 2014 and stabilized eroding stream banks, excavated floodplain areas, and enhanced the vegetation along the stream banks and riparian corridor to better manage high flow events and the long-term stability of the Newell/Ward Creek channel. Managed turf grass along Newell/Ward Creek does not provide adequate root structure to prevent erosion and maintain soil stability during storm flows.
The Lost Nation Golf Course stream restoration project gained the interest of the golf industry and restoration specialists.  
Please contact Keely Davidson-Bennett This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions about this project. 
This product or publication was financed in part or totally through a grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency under the provisions of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.