Monday, February 12, 2018 from 6:30pm – 8pm
5301 Campus Drive in Fort Worth
Tarrant County College – South Campus in the Center of Excellence for Energy Technology (LEED certified building with wind turbine) *Please note, this is our new meet-up location for 2018. SETC Fusion and Parking- map
The Upper Whites Branch Stream and Prairie Restoration at Bluestem Park
Chris Hamilton, Peloton Land Solutions
The upper reach of Whites Branch is an ephemeral stream on the Fort Worth Prairie located within the ongoing Alliance Town Center mixed-use development in Fort Worth. Planning for this development began in late 2012. One of the key questions for this development was how to handle a stock pond formed by a 50 year dam and ephemeral stream flowing through the development. “For this project, Peloton Land Solutions assembled an extensive interdisciplinary team that included engineers, hydrologists, wildlife biologists, landscape architects, planners, rangeland ecologists, and arborists.
It was determined that removing the pond dam and restoring a natural stream channel through the site was the most desirable option. The natural stream design for the restoration focused on geomorphologic factors such as gradient, sinuosity, capacity, and sediment transport characteristics. Ecological factors included native vegetation and wildlife habitat potential. A series of natural stone drop structures were designed to provide grade control & create a natural complex of riffles and runs, mimicking nearby natural streams.
The stream restoration area provides a unique, safe, sustainable, and usable green/open space, including a hike-and-bike trail that weaves through a 14-acre prairie restoration site.
See what all we’ve accomplished in 2017!
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From Texas Alliance’s newsletter: “Representatives Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) introduced the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, H.R. 4647, which will provide $1.3 billion annually from existing federal revenues for state-led projects to restore fish and wildlife habitats. More than $60 million per year would be for projects in Texas.
Passage of H.R. 4647 would direct a portion of existing royalties from energy and mineral production on federal lands and waters to the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program. State wildlife agencies will distribute the money to projects for habitat restoration, scientific research, protecting land, establishing conservation easements, and other initiatives listed in the state’s Wildlife Action Plan to conserve Species of Greatest Conservation Need.”