USACE announces signing of Chief’s Report for Three Forks of Beargrass Creek Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District
Published May 24, 2022
Updated: May 24, 2022

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces that Lt. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon, USACE Commanding General and 55th U.S. Army Chief of Engineers, signed the Chief’s Report for the Three Forks of Beargrass Creek Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study, Tuesday, May 24 – a major milestone for the project.

“The signing of the Chief’s Report progresses the project to Congress for authorization and is the next step in allowing the Louisville District and our non-federal sponsor to proceed with project implementation,” said Matt Schueler, Chief, Civil Works Planning, Programs, and Project Management Branch, USACE Louisville District. “We are thankful for the efforts of our non-federal sponsor and our partners across local, state and federal levels for their strong support in advancing this project forward. Together, we will continue to work toward our collective goal of restoring habitat within the Beargrass Creek watershed.”

Beargrass Creek consists of a 60 square-mile watershed and is composed of three main branches (the South, Middle and Muddy Forks), which reach throughout the city of Louisville, Kentucky. Historically, Beargrass Creek has suffered degraded habitat due to development and manipulation. The primary purpose of the project is to restore both instream and riparian habitat within the watershed. Beargrass Creek has played an important role in the development of Louisville and flows through numerous neighborhoods as well as two historically significant Olmsted Parks (Cherokee Park and Seneca Park). The confluence with the Ohio River is connected to the Louisville Loop and Waterfront Park, which has over two million visitors a year and hosts events year-round.

Completed in cooperation with the non-federal sponsor—Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD)—the study provides recommendations for aquatic ecosystem restoration of 620 acres and 8.8 miles of stream, wetland creation, barrier removals, and floodplain access.

“Our Recommended Plan will restore habitat in the watershed at 12 sites, to include providing instream habitat for aquatic species, resculping the stream to its natural meander, adding wetland areas, removing invasive plant species and establishing native plants,” said Laura Mattingly, project manager. “In addition to the restoration actions, we propose the addition of a boat ramp, trails and trail enhancements, an outdoor classroom, and bird watching areas. The plan not only improves the environmental quality of the watershed, it will also give our community more access to green space and recreational opportunities.”

The next step will include authorization of the recommended plan in a Water Resources Development Act and execution of a Project Partnership Agreement with MSD. Once authorized and funded, design and construction will be initiated.

More information on the Beargrass Creek Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility can be found here: https://go.usa.gov/xuD64.

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Contact
Abby Korfhage
abby.n.korfhage@usace.army.mil

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USACE announces signing of Chief’s Report for Three Forks of Beargrass Creek Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District
Published May 24, 2022
Updated: May 24, 2022

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces that Lt. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon, USACE Commanding General and 55th U.S. Army Chief of Engineers, signed the Chief’s Report for the Three Forks of Beargrass Creek Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study, Tuesday, May 24 – a major milestone for the project.

“The signing of the Chief’s Report progresses the project to Congress for authorization and is the next step in allowing the Louisville District and our non-federal sponsor to proceed with project implementation,” said Matt Schueler, Chief, Civil Works Planning, Programs, and Project Management Branch, USACE Louisville District. “We are thankful for the efforts of our non-federal sponsor and our partners across local, state and federal levels for their strong support in advancing this project forward. Together, we will continue to work toward our collective goal of restoring habitat within the Beargrass Creek watershed.”

Beargrass Creek consists of a 60 square-mile watershed and is composed of three main branches (the South, Middle and Muddy Forks), which reach throughout the city of Louisville, Kentucky. Historically, Beargrass Creek has suffered degraded habitat due to development and manipulation. The primary purpose of the project is to restore both instream and riparian habitat within the watershed. Beargrass Creek has played an important role in the development of Louisville and flows through numerous neighborhoods as well as two historically significant Olmsted Parks (Cherokee Park and Seneca Park). The confluence with the Ohio River is connected to the Louisville Loop and Waterfront Park, which has over two million visitors a year and hosts events year-round.

Completed in cooperation with the non-federal sponsor—Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD)—the study provides recommendations for aquatic ecosystem restoration of 620 acres and 8.8 miles of stream, wetland creation, barrier removals, and floodplain access.

“Our Recommended Plan will restore habitat in the watershed at 12 sites, to include providing instream habitat for aquatic species, resculping the stream to its natural meander, adding wetland areas, removing invasive plant species and establishing native plants,” said Laura Mattingly, project manager. “In addition to the restoration actions, we propose the addition of a boat ramp, trails and trail enhancements, an outdoor classroom, and bird watching areas. The plan not only improves the environmental quality of the watershed, it will also give our community more access to green space and recreational opportunities.”

The next step will include authorization of the recommended plan in a Water Resources Development Act and execution of a Project Partnership Agreement with MSD. Once authorized and funded, design and construction will be initiated.

More information on the Beargrass Creek Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility can be found here: https://go.usa.gov/xuD64.

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Contact
Abby Korfhage
abby.n.korfhage@usace.army.mil

Release no. 22-012