Near the headwaters of the East Fork Mill Creek on the campus of Hopewell Elementary, the Lakota Local School District is taking a more naturalized approach to stormwater management. High quality habitat with native plants, flowers and prairies provides a “treatment train” for water entering the stream.
Hopewell Elementary Stormwater and Riparian Enhancement
This project addresses many of the causes and sources of impairment for the Upper Mill Creek Watershed. Nutrient enrichment and pollution of local waterways are decreased, habitat alterations are enhanced with native plants and improved habitat features for plants and animals, and eroded strembanks are addressed to reduce nutrient loads. Educational signage and outdoor learning opportunities also provide a benefit to the school and the surrounding community.
What is the Hopewell Elementary Stormwater and Riparian Enhancement Project?
Slowing the movement of stormwater off a landscape reduces high veolicty stream flows and lessens erosion of the streambanks, both of which harm in-stream habitat and threaten water quality. This project redirects stormwater through one of three new landscape drainage features and provides a robust stream buffer for a section of the East Fork Mill Creek in West Chester Township. Replacing bush honeysuckle in the riparian corridor with deep-rooted native trees and shrubs improves bank stabilization and reduces sediment pollution in the stream. The velocity of stormwater runoff from the school parking lot, soccer fields and surrounding roadways is slowed as it is redirected through either a rain garden, emergent wetland, or prairie.
- 3,000 sq ft rain garden and bioswale along parking lot
- Two-acre emergent wetland drain soccer fields
- Prairie grass plantings replace turf grass
- Native vegetation plantings replace invasive bush honeysuckle in riparian corridor
- Improve water quality through natural filtration of stormwater
- Enhance wildlife habitat
- Educate students and the community about healthy riparian ecosystems
- Reduce mowing and maintenance costs
8200 Cox Road, West Chester Township, Ohio 45069
From I-75 north take the Tylersville exit and turn right onto Tylersville Road. In 0.5 miles turn right onto Cox Road. In 1.5 miles the school will be on the left.