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Hilliard Completes Clover Groff Run Enhancements

Posted April 28, 2017 in City Council by Anna Subler

City of Hilliard Completes Clover Groff Run Enhancements

Public meeting to be held to showcase results of grant-funded stream corridor and wetland enhancement project.

The City of Hilliard is hosting a public meeting on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Hilliard Municipal Building, 3800 Municipal Way, Hilliard, in order to showcase the recently completed Clover Groff Run Stream and Wetland Restoration Project. The goal of this event is to provide an opportunity for the community to learn about the environmental project implemented by the City of Hilliard.

  • Funded in part by a $232,916 Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source Program Grant awarded by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency in 2013, as well as $196,797 in matching funds from the City, the project included stream corridor and wetland enhancement within Hilliard Municipal Park. Section 319 grant funding targets Ohio waters where nonpoint source pollution is a cause of stream impairments. Nonpoint source pollution includes sediment, fertilizers, pesticides, oil and other chemicals that runoff from urban, residential and agricultural lands. Annually, the project is expected to reduce the sediment load to Clover Groff Run by over sixty tons, while also providing significant aesthetic and habitat improvements.
  • As part of this project, approximately five acres of riparian buffer, including a 0.7-acre floodplain wetland, was enhanced and restored along Clover Groff Run within Hilliard Municipal Park. The project included native plantings in order to enhance the existing forested riparian buffer and convert areas of mowed lawn to more natural, forested habitat. In addition, a 1,172-foot segment of Clover Groff Run was realigned and stabilized within the project corridor in order to follow a more natural meandering pattern with improved floodplain connectivity, and a 0.7-acre streamside wetland cell was created.
  • Design and permitting for this project was completed by EMH&T in 2013-2015 and the contract for construction was awarded to Facemyer Company in August 2015. Construction was completed January – August 2016. Facemyer installed extensive native plantings for the project in the fall of 2016. Additional plantings will be installed as needed in 2017 prior to project closeout. The City of Hilliard will preserve 5.59 acres within a permanent conservation easement.
  • Overall, this project is anticipated to provide important water quality and habitat benefits to the City of Hilliard and the Clover Groff Run ecosystem, and is part of the city’s continuing commitment to improve the Clover Groff Run and Big Darby Creek watersheds. The public meeting will serve to highlight the work completed for the project. Representatives from EMH&T and city staff will be on hand to answer questions. The event is free and open to the public.

Interested parties are encouraged to attend the public meeting to learn more about this project. For further information, please visit www.hilliardohio.gov or contact Clark Rausch, PE, City Engineer at (614) 334-2459.