The Meadow Creek stream restoration project was a collaborative effort between The Nature Conservancy and the City of Charlottesville, Virginia to conduct restoration along a 9,000 linear foot section of highly degraded urban stream channel. The project used natural channel design approaches to establish a stable meandering stream pattern, reduce stream bank erosion and sedimentation, reconnect the stream to its floodplain, provide habitat for aquatic organisms, and protect and enhance the streamside forest. Over 70 acres of riparian forest buffers and wetlands were permanently protected by conservation easements, and more than 40 acres were added to the City’s public park system as a result of the restoration. The judges felt this project should receive honorable mention because of the enhancement to the park system, enhancements to the floodplain that would better ensure surface-groundwater interaction and synergy between this project and improvements to address CSOs in the area.
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