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Champion Creek Restoration Project

Statement of Need: 

Champion Creek, a tributary of the West Branch of the Rocky River, is a highly urbanized stream that flows east through the City of Medina.  The stream has been impacted from development growth of the watershed as well as impacts from imperviousness, stream and floodplain modifications, and illicit dumping.  Conditions of Champion Creek has been targeted for restoration in numerous regional watershed studies and planning efforts for the city.

Project Site:

Champion Creek flows from west to east through the city of Medina draining a large portion of the residential and industrial portions of the city within it 7.8 square mile watershed.  After flowing through the downtown district the stream flows through park and residential areas until entering the West Branch of the Rocky River in Montville Township.  

The targeted restoration area is located to the east of Elmwood Street and within the downtown area of Medina.  The stream flows through an urbanized setting in this area but within a targeted redevelopment zone of the city.  The following parcels are within the targeted work area:      

Parcel No.

Ownership

Commitment to participate

Commitment to establish conservation easements

028-19C-05-159

Alan B Hallock

Yes

Yes

028-19C-05-369

Sandra J Rusinko

Yes

Yes

028-19D-01-117

City of Medina

Yes

Yes

028-19D-02-114

City of Medina

Yes

Yes

 

Project Plan

This project will be divided into three reaches. 

Reach 1a:   The first Reach will consist of 1545 Linear Feet of Champion Creek from the east end of the Bennett Lumber property to the west end just north of the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad and south of E. Smith Road and terminating at the point where the creek crosses under the railroad tracks.    The city is in the process of acquiring the entire Bennett Lumber property for future re-development of the brownfield site. 

 The work on Reach 1a will consist of: 

  1. Using Natural Stream Channel Design Techniques, to create stabilization in the channel stream and re-establishing a more stable channel design through in-stream natural stream design techniques to redirect stream.   
  2. Utilize appropriate engineering techniques to stabilize and restore the streambank along the 1545 LF of the creek as show in the attached map.  Techniques include:  Root Wad Placement; Anchor Rocks; Rock Toe Protection; J Hooks; Rock Weirs; and Log Vanes.
  3. Use naturalized landscaping to improve the riparian area by planting native seeding and fine grading; install two rows of branch layering; install perennial deep plugs; plant shrubs; plant trees; add 6 inches of topsoil and manage invasive species.
  4. Restore the natural floodplain area along the creek. Reestablish the riparian edge to protect adjacent existing and future development.
  5. Eradicate invasive species along the creek and replant with appropriate native plantings.
  6. Streambank & floodplain revegatation and/or supplemental plantings.
  7. The city will work to develop a riparian corridor along the creek  through a conservation easement.

Reach 1b:  The second Reach will include will include 720 Linear Feet of the creek from Broadway Street heading east.  This parcel has been recently purchased by the city and is being developed as a trailhead park for the Champion Creek Trail.  A SWIF grant request for a permeable pavement trailhead parking lot was applied for the parcel in April 2012.

  1. Using natural stream channel design techniques, to create stabilization in the channel stream and reestablishing a more stable channel design through in-stream natural stream design techniques to redirect stream.  
  2. Expansion of riparian zone to increase habitat & water quality of waters that flow into stream from adjacent lands.
  3. Reestablishment of a more natural stream sinuosity from its current channelized state.
  4. Identify the natural floodplain area along the creek and reestablish the perimeter to protect existing buildings or development without proper engineering or other intervention.
  5. Protect stormwater outfalls along the creek.
  6. Eradicate invasive species along the creek and replant with appropriate plantings.
  7. The city will work to develop a riparian corridor along the creek  through a conservation easement.   The two private property owners along this stretch have committed to participate in the project and allow for a future conservation easement (property owner letters attached).

Reach 1c:  The third Reach will include will include 429 LF of the creek from just west of the Busy Bee Auto Repair Shop from S. Court Street to Elmwood Street just north of the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad Tracks.

  1. Using natural stream channel design techniques, to create stabilization in the channel stream and reestablishing a more stable channel design through in-stream natural stream design techniques to redirect  429 LF of the creek as show in the attached map.   
  2. Manage erosion control by sand bag/localized stream diversion and slope matting.
  3. Utilize appropriate engineering techniques to stabilize and restore the streambank along the 1545 LF of the creek as show in the attached map.  Techniques include:  Root Wad Placement; Anchor Rocks; Rock Toe Protection; J Hooks; Rock Weirs; and Log Vanes.
  4. Use naturalized landscaping to enhance the riparian zone by planting native seeding and fine grading; install two rows of branch layering; install Perennial Deep Plus; plant shrubs; plant trees; add 6 inches of topsoil and manage invasive species.
  5. Restore the natural floodplain area along the creek. Reestablish the riparian edge to protect adjacent existing and future development .
  6. Removal of illicit dumping and hard arming (concrete & brick) for natural streambank stabilization techniques through live staking and supplemental plantings.
  7. The city will work to develop a riparian corridor along the creek through a conservation easement. 

Project Outcome

Successful completion of this project is expected to restore 2,240 Linear Feet of segment of Champion Creek in Medina, Ohio.  The project consists of restoring natural stream morphology, reclaiming floodplain, naturally stabilizing stream and stream banks, eradicating invasive species, and permanently protecting the riparian corridor.  The current conditions have reduced aquatic and adjacent terrestrial habitat quality, increased sediment load, exacerbated downstream flooding, and eroded stream banks threatening adjacent properties and the completion of this project will increase aquatic life, reduce sediment load, reduce flooding and strength adjoining streambank.

Project Results to be Measured

The success of this project will be measured in several significant ways.  First, the improved quality of the water entering Champion Creek and Rocky River Watershed through reduced sediment, erosion, nutrients, and pollutants.    While, the next items are more difficult to measure quantitatively, they are still important measurements: 

  • The enhancements described in and around the creek and streambank will improve the “greening” of the area; 
  • The enhancements to the streambank will reduce the potential flooding and if flooding does occur, it will reduce the severity because of the stability of the banks.
  • The proposed improvement in this grant will also spur future development in and around the site, which will improve economic development opportunities for the area.

Project Outreach Plan

The Project Outreach Deliverables will be presented in two parts.  The first part is provide information for the general public to increase awareness of Best Management Practices in handling of stream restoration and the second is to educate developers and contractors in the proper way to install various interventions.

  • Prepare a Fact Sheet
  • Conduct Public Meeting
  • Garfield Elementary School programming
  • Prepare and distribute Press Release
  • Maintain the pages on the city’s website for this project. 
  • Install Project Signs
  • Install Informational Signs