Stream Rehabilitation and Stormwater BMPs
EcoGro, Fayette County Public Schools, and several project partners submitted a grant application for the LFUCG Stormwater Quality Incentive Grant Program. The city of Lexington recognized the same potential gains for education and habitat as they approved this project for funding. The University of Louisville developed a model of stream flows to evaluate how the new channel design would hold up to the 100 year storm event. This allowed designers and stakeholders to address any predicted problems prior to construction.
The goal of this project is to improve water quality and aquatic habitat in Wolf Run, as well as to reduce downstream flooding of roads and homes. In addition, this project will help educate the local community, park users, students at the nearby schools, and water professionals about stormwater quality. This project involved the design and construction of five types of stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs): stream restoration with riparian buffer, a constructed ephemeral wetland, two rain gardens, a bioswale and permeable pavement to replace an existing walking path.