Orr Park Stream Restoration
In Orrville, Ohio, stream erosion was impacting stormwater and overflow pipes that serve the City’s water treatment plant. Burgess & Niple (B&N) developed a plan to relocate and restore the headwater stream segment located on the water treatment plant grounds to alleviate these impacts.
The plan also included the extension of a pedestrian trail in the adjacent Orr Park to run along the stream segment and the addition of naturalized areas for birds and other wildlife.
The plan developed by B&N used natural channel design principles to establish a more stable channel pattern and geometry. A portion of the original stream alignment was converted to a wetland swale which captured and mitigated flows from the WTP overflow pipes. Adjacent floodplain and upland vegetation zones were planned to maximize recreational, aesthetic and wildlife values.
The B&N team secured Clean Water Act Section 404/401 permits for the project and follow-up monitoring. The team also applied for and obtained a Clean Ohio Fund grant to cover a portion of estimated project costs. The grant was one of the few awarded for active stream restoration projects.