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BOKES CREEK WATER QUALITY ENHANCEMENT PROJECT POWDERLICK RUN CHANNEL RESTORATION
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Paper number 701P0904, . (doi: 10.13031/2013.17390)
Authors: Steve Phillips, Dan Binder, Ed Rankin
Keywords: Natural channel design, ecosystem restoration, multi-stage channels, assimilative capacity, adaptive management, and design-build
Hydromodification (channelization) of stream channels is the leading cause of water quality impairment in the State of Ohio. Hydromodification typically results in impaired water quality and biology and a reduction in the ability of the channelized stream to assimilate pollutants when compared with natural stream channels. The Bokes Creek Water Quality Enhancement Project demonstrates how restoring channelized streams and agricultural ditches using Natural Channel Design (NCD) methods improves water quality and the ability of a stream to assimilate pollutants and nutrients. This project is part of the Bokes Creek TMDL implementation plan and an excellent example of a significant source water protection initiative. A Section 319 Water Quality Implementation Grant from Ohio EPA funded the restoration of Powderlick Run.