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Restoring Lick Run to health

Curry McWilliams, left, with Roanoke’s stormwater utility, is the project manager for the restoration work taking place at Lick Run in Washington Park. He looks over the project on Thursday with subcontractor Steve Asal. In addition to improving water quality and stopping creek bank erosion, there’s a slight chance that the project could alleviate some of the flash-flooding problems downtown.
HEATHER ROUSSEAU | The Roanoke Times

A great blue heron lifted off from the stream bank in Washington Park, flapping its wings as it soared above a row of orange plastic fencing and bare earth along the creek. Nearby, a shiny-headed mallard floated in a small pond beneath an elm tree, and a kingfisher flitted from rock to rock amid the ripples.

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