Little Westham Creek/Gambles Mill Eco-Corridor
Project TypeNon-Bank Project
LocationVirginia | City of Richmond
Project SizeStreams: 2,300 LF
SolutionStormwater Management & Water Quality
RES is providing a turnkey project to deliver up to 1,440 pounds of Total Phosphorous (TP) removal to the Richmond Department of Public Utilities (DPU). By restoring a stream on the University of Richmond campus, within the City of Richmond, DPU can meet stormwater permit requirements.
RES is partnered with the University of Richmond to restore a 2,300 linear feet stream on campus through an often unused section of the campus. RES is working with a subcontractor to create an Eco-Corridor Master Plan in conjunction with the University for amenities and a trail along the stream. In addition to the 2,300LF stream restoration construction efforts, RES is providing extensive invasive species management.
As a unique feature of the vegetation maintenance, goats were contracted for the project’s initial “hooves-on-the-ground” work. The herd grazed approximately ten acres of forest that had been densely vegetated with non-native invasive plant species.
The site serves as a “working” classroom, hosting multiple classes where University of Richmond students learn about stream conditions, stream sampling, and invasive species. Future work will include bat surveys using sonic recorders. After construction, RES will conduct additional surveys with students to document the restored site conditions.