Bringing Back the Creek

Glade Creek flows through an urban park and is stocked with trout, making it a popular destination for anglers.

However, the creek’s banks were severely eroding, causing high sediment loads to settle in the overly wide channel.

Freese and Nichols is restoring the creek to stabilize its banks and reduce the erosion.

Our team of geomorphologists and engineers led the design and construction management of Phase I, which included restoring 2,500 feet of channel; Phase II is in final design for restoration of the remaining 2,500 feet in the park.

Freese and Nichols assessed the amount of eroded sediment in the stream using root dendrogeomorphology with the Bank Erosion Hazard Index (BEHI) tool; this assessment enabled Roanoke County to obtain a Virginia Stormwater Local Assistance Fund grant for the stream restoration.

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