Mitigation and Restoration
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. EDT
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Stream and Landscape Restoration Marks Start of Transformation ofFormer Golf Course to Urban Ecological Park
When Cleveland Metroparks acquired a 155-acre former golf course in Lyndhurst, Ohio, they recognized its potential to
enhance local ecology and become a new gem in the region’s “Emerald Necklace.” Acacia Reservation is now
transforming into a model urban ecological preserve that will provide wildlife habitat, slow down and clean polluted
storm water, and offer unique ways to enjoy and appreciate nature. After Cleveland Metroparks completed an
ecological restoration master plan to guide this transformation, Metroparks and Biohabitats (designer and contractor
using a design-build project delivery model) are bringing it to life, starting with three ecological restoration projects: Euclid
Creek floodplain reconnection, daylighting of an intermittent tributary that flows into Euclid Creek, and restoration of
swales underlain with drainage tiles that once helped drain the golf course by constructing a series of riffle pool
complexes to store and slow runoff from the former golf course. Nearly 8,000 trees, shrubs, vines, and plugs, were
plants and over 370 lbs. of native seed were broadcast. Challenges and unique aspects of the project will be described.
What Happens When an Immovable Force Meets an Immotile Obstruction? Transportation and the Freshwater Mussel
Adult freshwater mussels are essentially immotile. These creatures are mobile, but they are not fast enough to avoid
imminent harm. Conditions such as construction equipment, sedimentation, and staging areas were not present in their
environment during their evolution. Subsequently, these conditions can cause certain death for freshwater mussels.
These situations have led to the protection of all freshwater mussels in Ohio. This presentation will link the biology and
ecology of mussels to their realities of transportation projects, which intersect at the Ohio Mussels Protocols, jointly
written by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. These
protocols will be presented through a review of real project examples and the requirements of the protocols in the context
of how mussels live, where mussels are found, and how rare and endangered species of mussels will impact the timing
and extent of in-stream construction activities will be discussed.
Huff Run Watershed Restoration: How Mitigation Moneys are Helping Complete the Story
The Huff Run watershed was historically mined for coal through both surface mining and deep mining. In 1996, a
watershed group was formed to direct reclamation of Abandoned Mine Land and mitigation of Acid Mine Drainage
resulting from the mining impacts. Celebrating over 20 years of efforts, the watershed group along with State and
Federal Agency cooperation has completed 15 remediation projects valued at over five million dollars. Previous
restoration efforts have been successful in improving chemical and biological water quality; however, efforts fell just
short of achieving Warm Water Habitat status. ODOT permittee-responsible compensatory mitigation for SUM-76
construction impacts has funded stream restoration in the lower 2 miles helping Huff Run meet the ultimate goal,
attainment of its aquatic life use designation.
Invited SpeakerEcological Engineer at Biohabitats, Inc.
Jerry Garrison, Jerry.Garrison@dot.ohio.gov