How a severely degraded city stream along Charlottesville's Rivanna Trail was saved.
Work began May 15, 2012, to restore nearly 9,000 linear feet of Meadow Creek between Hydraulic Road and Greenbrier Park in Charlottesville, preserving 12 acres of wetlands, over 1.5 miles of the Rivanna Trail, and a total of 72 acres of land.
Passport to Nature: Take a "trial run" along newly restored sections of Meadow Creek and the Rivanna Trail.
Realigning this section of the creek will help stabilize the stream and prevent soil erosion, while improving habitat, recreational opportunities and water quality. Meadow Creek is a tributary of the Rivanna River and part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The Meadow Creek restoration was completed in March 2013. View a slideshow of this restoration success.
The project used an approach called “natural channel design” to establish a stable meandering pattern, reduce streambank erosion and sedimentation, reconnect the stream to its floodplain, and protect and enhance streamside forest. The following restoration activities were completed:
In addition to restoration activities, more than 70 acres of land were protected via conservation easements donated by the City of Charlottesville and a private landowner to ensure that the land along the restored stream will never be developed.June 25, 2013