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Flat Creek restoration project nears completio

By Pamela A. Keene
 
Flat Creek, which runs into Lake Lanier, has a new lease on life. The restoration of nearly 1,800 linear feet of the creek that flows through an industrial area of Gainesville is expected to be complete by the end of this year.
 
“The project will take care of the damaging run-off along Flat Creek that was causing sedimentation,” said Don Dye, assistant director of the department of water for Gainesville. The banks of the creek have been lowered and recontoured to reduce the steepness; 2,000 tons of rip-rap will help reduce erosion. 
 
“We’ve also done extensive planting along the banks to help slow the water down and cut down on erosion,” he said. “The roots will help hold the soil in place over time.”
 
Native plants installed include 600 shrubs, 220 maple trees and 10,000 live willow stakes that will root and grow.
 
A number of rock structures were built from more than 300 tons of rock to encourage oxygenation of the stream water. 
 
Dye said that the project was a long time coming, with initial conversations taking place 10-12 years ago. It was tabled because of the Great Recession. Issues with easements and funding had to be resolved as well. 
 
The work began in January 2018 and is expected to be complete by the end of the year. In all the city’s cost will be approximately $834,000.
 
Clean Water Consultants handled the project, which was also a partnership between the City of Gainesville and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Posted online 11/30/18
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