May 28, 2017 07:02

Stream Restoration Project

The city of Maryville, Tennessee, plans to undertake a streambank restoration project this fall to repair erosion along Pistol Creek through Sandy Springs Park. “You can see all the soil eroding away from the rock,” said Maryville Stormwater Program Manager dale Jayne. “We’re losing bank and we’re losing soil, which is considered a water contaminant by the state.”

The estimated $135,000 project will be paid for out of the city’s stormwater utility fee, created in 2005, he said. Envision Ecology of Ringgold, Georgia, will be doing the work. The company, though small, has done more than 40,000 square feet of streambank restoration, according to senior partner and ecologist Bill Phillips.

“Some problems along the stream are relatively easy to fix,” said

Phillips. “Not all of it needs to be restored, but what does needs to be done quickly or we’re going to be losing the greenway trail. We don’t want to lose the trail; it’s a great amenity.”

Lake Tahoe Levels Above Natural Rim

In two days, Lake Tahoe gained 8.7 billion gallons of water, thanks to the intense winter storms hitting California. Overall, the lake has gained 40 billion gallons of water since January 1, and with more storms coming in, it could gain even more water.

The 191-square-mile lake has a natural rim of 6,223 feet. Last year, it reached a low of 6,222.1 feet; after the storms, it has risen to 6,225 feet.

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