The University of Toledo received a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant to improve riparian habitat along Wolf Creek, roughly one mile upstream of the wetlands at Maumee Bay State Park.
The goal of the project was to improve riparian habitat in a way that created additional benefits to the downstream wetlands (e.g., sediment removal). Ultimately, Hull and the project team decided on a design that widened and deepened the stream channel. The system was designed to capture bed-load sediment in a sedimentation basin, while stabilizing the stream by reconstructing a floodplain within a portion of the agricultural field. Hull managed the design, engineering, and construction facets of this riparian restoration.
The newly developing riparian community has improved habitat for wading birds and herpetofauna in the area. The secondary benefit of trees and dense understory has slowed the flow of water during peak events, triggering sediment deposition on the floodplain.
The sedimentation basin accumulated an estimated 300 metric tons of sediment in the first year after construction. Hull completed these design and construction services within the shifting timelines of a grant-funding process.
Jordan Rofkar, Ph.D.