Bucks Branch Stream and Wetland Restoration
The Bucks Branch Stream and Wetland Restoration is the third phase of restoration completed along the Bucks Branch corridor to include the restoration of approximately 2,116 linear feet of stream and the creation of two wetland areas.
Prior to restoration the stream showed significant signs of accelerated bed and bank erosion as well as meander migration. Potential causes of degradation to the channel originate from long term flow regime, and historical watershed land use changes. The stream was also exhibiting signs of significant damage from unrestricted livestock access to the stream and lack of adequate riparian buffer.
Approximately 1,191 linear feet of Bucks Branch and 925 linear feet of its unnamed tributary were re-aligned to a more stable planform according to natural channel design concepts. In areas that exhibit vertical banks, a bankfull bench feature was graded and planted with deep rooted vegetation. Additionally, two shallow water wetland cells were created totaling 0.87 acres. Each cell focused on the distribution of the current hydrologic regime through grading practices.
In the years following construction, the Bucks Branch stream corridor will resemble a stable, natural mid-order stream ecosystem with in-stream habitat, stable channel conditions and an established vegetative buffer.
Bank sloughing and severe erosion of pre-construction conditions.
Pump-around techniques during construction of oxbow wetland areas.
Completed restoration showing toewood structure utilized to decrease shear stress along meander bends.