Plaster Creek Stewards
Working to restore health and beauty to the Plaster Creek Watershed
Dutton Shadyside Park Streambank Restoration Project
July 12, 2016
Permit Hearing 6:00pm, Informational meeting 5:30pm
Location: Gaines Charter Township Board Room
8555 Kalamazoo Avenue, Caledonia MI 49316
This summer Plaster Creek Stewards (Calvin College), MDEQ and Kent County Parks are conducting a major restoration project to improve the stream environment here at Dutton Shadyside Park. The work will stabilize Plaster Creek's banks and create a safe and sutstainable floodplain around the creek with native wetland plants.
Floodplains are low lying areas that absorb stormwater, slowing it down and preventing erosion while creating habitat for aquatic creatures. Native plants play an important role by stabilizing banks and absorbing excess nutrients, while providing food and shelter for pollinators.
Plaster Creek water levels rise and fall rapidly in Shadyside Park following thaws or heavy rainfalls. This "flashy" flow erodes the banks and sends loads of sediment downstream in the water. This creates unhealthy conditions in the park and downstream.
The area around Plaster Creek in the park will be significantly disrupted while construction is taking place, with exposed soils and heavy machinery. As soon as the work is done, we will seed and plant the affected areas to start the process of re-vegetating with native grasses, wildflowers and trees. It may take a few growing seasons to recover, but the end result will be a beautiful floodplain benefiting wildlife and improving the scenic quality as well as the safety of the park.
This project has been funded wholly or in part through Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Non-point Source Program by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Partners for this project include: Plaster Creek Stewards (Calvin College), EPA, MDEQ and Kent County Parks.