Upper Whites Branch Stream Restoration – Bluestem Park

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UPPER WHITES BRANCH STREAM RESTORATION - BLUESTEM PARK

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Location
North Fort Worth, Texas
Client
Hillwood Development Company
Size
2,500 linear foot stream restoration
For this project, Peloton assembled an extensive interdisciplinary team that included engineers, hydrologists, wildlife biologists, landscape architects, planners, rangeland ecologists, and arborists. The project includes a 2,500-linear foot portion of the upper reach of Whites Branch, an ephemeral stream on the Fort Worth prairie. The stream restoration area provides a unique, safe, sustainable, and usable green/open space, including a hike-and-bike trail, within this rapidly developing community in the North Fort Worth/AllianceTexas corridor. Peloton’s environmental scientists coordinated with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) to acquire necessary Section 404 permitting, and our water resources group designed the stream and adjacent floodplain to closely mimic a natural headwaters stream system. Key design elements include six grade control structures built from boulders quarried on-site, stacked boulders used as bank reinforcement in bends and critical areas, a CON/SPAN® arch bridge sized to allow for pedestrian and bicycle passage under Amador Drive, three pedestrian bridge crossings, and an active grassland planting plan. Prior to constructing the stream improvements, Peloton prepared a dam breach analysis of an existing dam, prepared dam removal construction plans, acquired Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) approval, and provided field observation and construction assistance for the removal of the dam.
  • 14-acre restoration corridor
  • Green/open space designed to mimic natural system
  • USACE coordination/Section 404 permitting
  • CON/SPAN® arch bridge
  • Dam breach analysis/dam removal
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