2017 Best Habitat Creation in a BMP

This category is for stormwater practices that provide a unique blend of aquatic, wetland or upland wildlife habitat while still providing effective stormwater function.

Projects will receive extra points if the created habitat connects with existing habitat or waterways, to support enhanced function along a wildlife corridor. Projects should either create new habitat on a project site or connect with existing habitat. Projects built for mitigation and stream restoration projects are not eligible under this category (but see Best Stream Restoration).

Habitat BMPs will be evaluated on their ability to meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Meets or exceeds the water quality requirements for the site if applicable
  • Utilizes native plantings that provide multiple habitat zones
  • Results in at least 20,000 square feet of habitat
  • Attracts wildlife that were not present at the site before implementation of the project, including pollinators, songbirds, waterfowl and other wildlife
  • Provides enhanced habitat function without excessive inputs of irrigation water, fertilizer or pesticides

Below you will find information about the winners of the Best Habitat Creation in a BMP category of the 2017 BUBBAs.

To learn more about this year’s winners, check out the project files on our Google Drive here.

First Place

Four Mile Run Wetland Restoration

Four Mile Run Wetland After Restoration

Four Mile Run Wetland After Restoration

Project Team:

Rummel, Klepper & Kahl (RK&K),

Environmental Quality Resources (EQR)

City of Alexandria

This two-acre wetland restoration project involved an extensive invasive species abatement plan and the establishment of several diverse habitat types through a watershed approach to design and planning. The restored wetland system now includes a low marsh zone, a high marsh zone and an upland meadow in order to provide both terrestrial and aquatic habitat improvements for frogs, song birds and native pollinators while treating stormwater runoff. The diversity of habitat types, a list of native species planted, and the comprehensive invasive species management approach helped this project to stand out as one that placed a clear emphasis on habitat creation during the project design.

To read a full project narrative and view more photos, visit the project folder on our Google Drive.

Second Place

Jefferson Park Constructed Wetland

Jefferson Park Wetland Post-Construction

Jefferson Park Wetland Post-Construction

Project Team:

Timmons Group

City of Waynesboro

This project was a retrofit of a 10-acre detention basin to a level 2 constructed wetland. The terraced design, including berms, marsh areas and pools, coupled with native plantings, provided substantial habitat improvement for pollinators, song birds and waterfowl.

To read a full project narrative and view more photos, visit the project folder on our Google Drive.

Third Place

Flory Park Buffer

Flory Park Buffer

Flory Park Buffer

Project Team:

East Lampeter Township

Lancaster County Conservation District

Mill Creek Preservation Association

This 4.2 acre forested buffer included approximately 100 native trees and 25 native shrubs per acre. The new buffer was designed to create multiple habitat zones through varied tree height and planting density. The buffer also created a habitat corridor, connecting two existing habitat parcels in an otherwise densely developed area.

To read a full project narrative and view more photos, visit the project folder on our Google Drive.