Erosion control matting was installed and the site
was seeded with a riparian buffer seed.
Container tree and shrub species were planted.
Chagrin River Restoration - Marcourt Farms, Hunting Valley
In 2015, Chagrin River Watershed Partners (CRWP) partnered with the Village of Hunting Valley to conduct a site visit on the mainstem of the Chagrin River in the Village of Hunting Valley. An area of streambank along a bend was significantly eroding and contributing sediment to the Chagrin River. The Village and private landowners also had safety concerns related to failing infrastructure including a stormwater pipe and road adjacent to the river.
CRWP assisted the Village in preparing work access agreements with the private landowners and drafted a Request for Proposals that was released in January 2018. After reviewing bids from consultants, the Village selected an innovative approach proposed by Meadville Land Service and Biohabitats utilizing large woody debris and native plants to stabilize the eroding streambank, rather than the proposed bendway weir approach.
This project is estimated to prevent approximately 207 tons of sediment, 413 pounds of nitrogen, and 207 pounds of phosphorous from entering the Chagrin River annually. Improved floodplain access will aid in the reduction of flooding downstream and the additional wildlife habitat provided by the rootwads will enhance recreational and educational opportunities on the river. As the live branch layering continues to grow the structure will become stronger and more resilient to floodwaters.
Funding for this project was made available through the Ohio EPA Section 319(h) grant program and local match was provided by the private landowners’ homeowners association.
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