Green Choices. Healthy Streams.
Farnandis Branch at Woodland Run Restoration Project
The project is still in design. 75% plan will be distributed to homeowners in the fall.
A stream restoration at this location is currently under design by Harford County. The purpose of the project is to improve stream health by stabilizing eroding stream banks, protecting an existing sewer line, and creating a heathy floodplain area. The proposed design realigns the stream away from severely eroding banks and infrastructure and excavates a floodplain area for the stream during large storm events. The floodplain area with reduce shear stress and stream power which will protect stream banks from future erosion. The excavated floodplain area with be vegetated with native trees and plants and provide a designated flood area for all large storms. Existing tree removal was minimalized as much as possible and extra effort was given so that buffer trees between homes and the stream construction area were maintained for every impacted property.
Project design sketch
The following sketches were created to provide property owners with a better understanding of the proposed design. The vertical red lines below correspond to the red lines above (limit of disturbance). While tree removal with this design is aggressive, it is necessary to provide the additional space for the stream to overtop its banks and spread into the floodplain. This design will provide long-term stability for the stream, protection of the sewer line and improvements to the overall health of the stream.
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Project design (30% complete)
The following engineered design represents the proposed plans as shown graphically in the sketch above. This design only includes a portion of the details necessary to construct the restoration.