Brown Bag: Paradise Creek Ecosystem Restoration Project

Wednesday, October 28 2009 at 12:30 PM


On Wednesday, Oct. 28, the Sustainable Idaho Initiative will host a presentation on the Paradise Creek Ecosystem Restoration Project as part of its GreenHows speaker series. Participants will meet at 12:30 p.m., in the Student Recreation Center classroom for a presentation by Ray Pankopf, director of Architecture and Engineering Services for University of Idaho Facilities. Pankopf will lead a tour of the site following the presentation.

The University of Idaho, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District, and the City of Moscow are collaborating on the restoration project, which is currently in its design phase. Their plan is to recreate more natural features and restore riparian habitat by creating gentle channel meanders, building storm water wetland cells and planting native vegetation. These features will provide both environmental improvement and better flood control.

The new channel trajectory will more closely mimic the creek’s design over one hundred years ago, before it was rerouted in the early 1900s and then covered in the 1960s. The creek is currently enclosed in a concrete channel starting on the university campus at Line Street, and running for approximately 1,100 feet before resurfacing west of Rayburn Street.

This covered section includes 17 storm water collection pipes that discharge untreated runoff from the university directly into the creek. Restoration improvements will provide better runoff filtration, reducing in-stream pollutants.

For more information about Sustainable Idaho and the GreenHows Series, contact Alecia Hoene at (208) 885-6113 or hoene@uidaho.edu.