Buchanan’s McCoy Creek Restoration wins ASCE SW Branch “Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award”

April 10, 2014

The American Society of Civil Engineers Southwest Michigan Branch has honored the City of Buchanan with its “Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award” for the McCoy Creek Restoration Project.

Congratulations to the City of Buchanan! This was a great project that we wrote about last summer, but here’s a summary:

The McCoy Creek Restoration Project in the City of Buchanan improved the hydrology of a former millrace while enhancing fish habitat. Contractors placed a white oak lunker structure (low structure under streambed) and large woody debris at multiple locations to provide fish resting areas. Because McCoy Creek is a designated trout stream, Buchanan received grants from the MDNR Fisheries Division and a local fly-fishing group to help fund this project. Buchanan had several stakeholders in this project, including the Pears Mill museum staff and community volunteers.

The water in the millrace once again spins the wheel at Pears Mill, one of Michigan’s oldest working mills. Pears Mill is now a museum, and the design team’s careful planning preserved the habitat in the millrace for fishing. As part of the design process, Prein&Newhof developed a hydraulic model of the millrace and an adjacent duck pond, designed erosion control systems and structures at several locations, obtained the required floodplain permit, and provided construction observation to assure that the contractor built the project as designed.

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