The Sawmill Creek Watershed Restoration Project

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by Larry Lubbers,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water:

Abstract: The Sawmill Creek project is a comprehensive watershed restoration effort. The goal is to demonstrate that existing programs can be coordinated in order to improve water quality, and habitat for living resources. Coordination of multiple restoration projects has been key to addressing the cumulative impacts in the watershed. Water quantity management includes reducing stormwater discharge rates and increasing stream base flow. Habitat improvement projects were designed to match the best possible stormwater discharge rates. The habitat projects include stabilizing and revegetating 1737 meters of eroded stream channels with natural materials. These projects will provide sediment and erosion control as well as restore fish, invertebrate and riparian habitat and eliminate 5 fish passage blockages. Water quality improvements include reducing nutrient loadings through bio-retention as well as isolating and treating deicing chemicals associated with airport storm water runoff. Funding, for most of these restoration projects has been incorporated into existing budgets for the development and maintenance of the business and commununity infrastructure.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Stormwater management | Ecological restoration | Watersheds | Water discharge | Rivers and streams | Streamflow | Base flow |

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