Davey Resource Group worked closely with the Geauga Park District to restore 1,345 linear feet of Griswold Creek in Chesterland, OH.
Davey Resource Group, Inc. (DRG) completed a stream and wetland restoration project for the Geauga Park District in Chesterland, Ohio. This project focused on the Griswold Creek that flows through the park district’s Bessie Benner Metzenbaum Park. Before the project was completed, Griswold Creek was experiencing impacts as a result of urbanization. Riparian vegetation was almost non-existent and urbanization within the watershed was contributing to increased runoff, which elevated water temperatures and increased water flows. These issues led to downcutting of the creek channel and the loss of connectivity to the floodplain. To address these problems, Geauga Park District applied for and received a United States Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant for stream and floodplain restoration.
For this project, DRG teamed with local subcontractors and worked closely with the client to design the restoration plan for 1,345 linear feet of Griswold Creek and the adjacent riparian corridor. The project included several measures:
The DRG team successfully completed the project and achieved the client’s restoration goals at Griswold Creek, which included:
DRG also implemented stream restoration best practices, like in-stream structures, adjacent wet pools with woody debris, control of non-native species, and planting of a diversity of woody plants. Water quality was greatly improved as a result of the restoration project and habitat within the creek and in the riparian corridor has significantly improved.
As part of the grant requirements, the Geauga Park District invited public involvement and promoted public education on the environmental benefits of the project. Post-construction, DRG worked with the Geauga Park District and West Geauga High School to invite local students to assist in gathering baseline data and conducting survey work with the Davey team’s field research technicians and biologists (read more here). West Geauga students will continue to return to collect data each fall and spring for the next several years to document changes.