Rock Castle Creek Stream Restoration
Rock Castle Creek Stream Restoration, Lynchburg, VA
The unnamed tributary to Rock Castle Creek receives runoff from an approximately 83-acre contributing drainage area, most of which is impervious. Rock Castle Creek itself (Phase 2) receives approximately 3,283 acres of runoff from the highly-developed impervious watershed, consisting primarily of commercial, institutional and residential land uses that has several utility crossings and exposed sewer assets. SLAF funds are being used to implement this water quality improvement for MS4 permit compliance with the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, and to improve stability, ecological function, and provide a cost-effective reduction of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment loads.
AMT is providing a watershed assessment and natural channel design (NCD) to restore 2,570 linear feet of unnamed tributaries to Rock Castle Creek. The design approach addresses the poor soils, severe erosion, steep topography, bedrock outcrops and lack of riparian buffer.