Stream Ecosystem Services Restoration for Rogers, AR

Demonstration of Greenway Development To Protect Ecological Services in Urban Streams

This project addressed nonpoint source (NPS) pollution from urban watersheds, with specific emphasis on pollutants from both development activities and post-developed runoff.  Blossom Way Creek is a tributary of Osage Creek, Rogers, Arkansas, which is a tributary to the Illinois River, a priority waterbody in Arkansas.  The Illinois River has been identified as at risk for total solids and total phosphorus loads.   The goal of this project was to demonstrate methods and technologies for protecting critical ecological services in urban streams. Specifically, this project was designed to demonstrate stream restoration methods for reducing in-stream loads and concentrations of pollutants such as total suspended solids (TSS) and total phosphorus (TP) from urban watersheds. The project period for this project was August 1, 2002 to July 31, 2006. The Blossom Way Creek Trail was dedicated through a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 20, 2006. The primary measure of success for this project was the adoption by the City of Rogers of a greenway approach for preservation and restoration of ecological integrity of urban streams. The City of Rogers has adopted a greenway approach for urban stream management that will encompass the entire city through a network of 52 miles of trails and greenway parks, designed to enhance ecological services and reduce water pollution.  Stream restoration best management practices (BMPs) such as riparian zone restoration and protection, bank stabilization methods, urban stream design, and urban stream restoration have been implemented.  The implementation of these BMPs resulted in measurable improvements, including stabilized stream peak flow and stage events, reduced sediment and phosphorus transport, and improved ecological services in the stream reach.

The City of Rogers and Arkansas Water Resources Center were both partners in this project.

Contact:
Marty Matlock, 479-575-2849, mmatlock@uark.edu

 

City of Rogers Website

Demonstration of Best Management Practices for Stream Bank Protection

The goal of this project was to demonstrate best management practices and methods for protecting stream banks in urban areas and was a continuation of the previous demonstration project on Blossom Way Creek. Presenting an alternative to the use of concrete lined channels in urban areas was the primary goal of this project. The NPS problem being addressed is channel incision and accelerated bank erosion caused by increasing impervious surfaces in a rapidly urbanizing area.   The primary water quality goal is a reduction of sediment loading to Blossom Way Creek in Rogers, Arkansas.  Construction of the project design was conducted during the late summer 2008.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Water Resource Conservation Center, Nelson Engineering, and The City of Rogers all partnered with this project.

Contact:
Marty Matlock, 479-575-2849, mmatlock@uark.edu