Creative Strategies for Implementing Projects to Manage Non-Point Source Pollution: A Case Study from the McDaniel Farm Park Stream Restoration Project
Tillery, Joel A.
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The Sweetwater Creek watershed is located in central Gwinnett County within the Ocmulgee River basin. The study area encompasses 26 square miles. A total of 153 projects were identified in the watershed. Project prioritization included a review of data from the Sweetwater Creek Watershed Improvement Plan (WIP) to develop a short list of BMP and stream projects for implementation. The McDaniel Farm Park stream restoration project was the first watershed implementation project in Gwinnett County. The McDaniel Farm Park project involves the restoration of a deeply incised stream channel and of stream buffers along two tributaries, as well as along Sweetwater Creek. The project includes the use of natural channel design and soil bioengineering to stabilize the eroding banks and restore the meander in the floodplain. The final design plans were based on fluvial geomorphic techniques and measurements.