West Chester Service Center

A rugged path cuts through the grasses and wildflowers for a better view of the ponds, an oasis of high quality habitat that’s home to birds, butterflies, and other wetland creatures. 


Swamp iris next to wetlands

West Chester Service Center

The West Chester Service Center bio-retention pond system reduces flooding, improves water quality, and attracts wildlife within the improved habitat. Between the railroad tracks and the West Chester Service Center lies the Mill Creek. From the parking lot of the Service Center you can easily spot the bio-retention ponds.

What are the West Chester Service Center Bio-Retention Ponds?

Known as the Mill Creek Headwaters Project, the effort began in 2004 when Mill Creek stakeholders collaborated on a successful grant application to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. AMEC (formerly MACTEC) designed a bio-retention system that included an innovative combination of grading, planting, and water level control. The storm water retention ponds along the Mill Creek at the West Chester Service Center were converted into bio-retention ponds.


Service Drive of the West Chester Service Center, where West Chester Road and Beckett Road meet.

Project Concept

West Chester Service Center wetlands

The project demonstrated how existing detention basins can be retrofitted to achieve multiple design objectives, including a reduction in flooding, improved water quality, improved wildlife habitat, enhanced site aesthetics, and passive recreation opportunities.  

Project Fact Sheet

Short, rugged path through the wetland


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