Paradise Creek Restoration Project Dedication Ceremony Slated for Nov. 12

Friday, November 5 2010

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho, in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, will have a dedication ceremony for the Paradise Creek Ecosystem Restoration Project on Friday, Nov. 12, at 10 a.m.

The event will take place on Paradise Path, north of the Student Recreation Center. A reception will follow.

"This is a tremendous project, improving the physical linkages between the University and the city of Moscow, while also providing habitat restoration and improving water quality in the creek," said Brian Johnson, assistant vice president of facilities at the University of Idaho.

Featured speakers will include President Duane Nellis, Moscow Mayor Nancy Chaney, and Lt. Col. David Caldwell, commander and district engineer, Walla Walla District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Line Street, which has been closed due to project work, will be reopened prior to the ceremony.

The flow of Paradise Creek through the north campus neighborhood on the University of Idaho campus was rerouted in the early 1900s and was covered by the Paradise Creek Street conveyance in the 1960s. The creek now enters a fully enclosed concrete channel at Line Street for approximately 1,100 feet before resurfacing west of Rayburn Street. Within the covered portion of the channel, 17 storm water collection pipes discharge directly into the creek carrying untreated runoff and spring water from approximately 126 acres of the University of Idaho campus.

For this project, some 2,100 feet of new channel was constructed. The new channel alignment – which is close to the historic location of the creek as documented in aerial sketches dated 1897 – now runs along the east side of Line Street to Third Street, and then north and west adjacent to Idaho State Route 8 before merging with the original Paradise Creek channel. The new segment includes gentle channel meanders and riparian vegetation, improving the habitat and aesthetics of the creek, and enhancing its ability to provide water quality treatment. As part of the project, an access and maintenance path was created.

The total project cost for stream and riparian restoration was $6.811 million, including real estate costs. The project was implemented under the auspices of Section 206 of the 1996 Water Resources Development Act, which provides authority for the Corps to restore degraded aquatic ecosystems. It allowed for the investment of up to $5 million in federal funds, to be matched by a sponsoring agency – in this case the university – by a 65/35 percent ratio.

Last year, the Corps announced that $3.813 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was to be used for the project. This was added to a Federal Earmark Appropriation of $50,000 that was invested in FY2008. An additional $77,650 was added by the Corps of Engineers in FY2010, for a total of $3.941 million in federal funding for the design and construction phases of the project. The value of the land to be dedicated to the project, plus the value of a small amount of in-kind contributions constitutes the University of Idaho's 35 percent contribution of $2.384 million.

The federal government previously invested some $486,000 in the project. This includes Federal Earmark Appropriations in the amounts of $195,000 in FY06 specific to the university, and $291,000 in federal funding appropriation allocated by the Corps. These funds allowed the Corps to complete the first two assessment and feasibility phases of their process.
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The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit