Back in 2011, the City of Kent was awarded the Government Project of the Year Award by the Ohio Stormwater Association for the Plum Creek Restoration Project.
The goal of the project was to save a stream that had been dammed-up for years and was suffocating from a lack of oxygen in the stagnant water.
The City staff put together an ambituous intervention plan that sought to restore the natural meandering stream and release the free flow of water in order to pump up the oxygen level that is so critical to supporting healthy acquatic life.
The plan looked great on paper and it looks great after construction. The question has been, is it working?
The Ohio EPA came back into town in September of this year to run some follow up tests on water quality and acquatic life to try to answer that question. We received word this week that the EPA results for Plum Creek were great.
Just 2 years ago there were almost no fish surviving in Plum Creek but as of September of this year the EPA counted over 2,000 fish and 19 different species.
The acquatic life rating was found to be excellent and the EPA noted that our project turned out to be one of the most successful restoration projects they have worked on.
Below is the official press release that the City’s Public Service Director released to spread the good news.