Clayton County Water Authority’s Gateway Stream Restoration Project
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Clayton County Water Authority (CCWA) has embarked on an innovative stream restoration program to restore streams in Clayton County, Georgia, located south of Atlanta. The first stream restoration project, the Gateway Project, is located in the Jesters Creek Watershed, within the Flint River Basin, one of the county’s most urban areas. Natural fluvial geomorphic channel design methods were used to create approximately 2,150 feet of stable stream channel in East Jesters Creek. The restored and reshaped stable channel, with meander, is located within the floodplain and replaced the channelized and straightened reach that had been historically relocated along the base of a ridgeline. The project restored the stream segment based on the existing and anticipated future hydrologic conditions and included riffle and pool habitats for aquatic species and other wildlife. In the Rosgen classification system, this project is considered a Priority I restoration.