Spring Run Restoration
The City of Westerville engaged EMH&T to complete a stream inventory and prioritization report for potential improvements along Spring Run in 2015. This work was part of an overarching effort by the City of Westerville to restore the Spring Run watershed. As the majority of the Spring Run corridor is surrounded by suburban development, the stream is experiencing increased runoff, higher flood levels and severely eroding stream banks. Based on the results of our field assessment and previous work completed by the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District, EMH&T identified, prioritized and provided cost estimates for 18 stabilization projects along the stream. To help in defraying the significant capital cost associated with these projects, EMH&T recommended that the City submit a group of seven projects for grant funding from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund (COCF) grant. The COCF application was completed by EMH&T on behalf of the City, and was awarded approximately $412,000 in funding in June 2016. Permitting and engineering for the stream restoration project is expected to be completed through summer 2017 and construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2017.