Construction for Phase II of the Mechumps Creek Restoration project will be starting on April 9, 2018, and is expected to be completed by July 30, 2018. This section of the Mechumps Creek is between Hill Carter Parkway and I-95.
The Town of Ashland and Randolph-Macon College (R-MC) have been collaborating on restoring Mechumps Creek for several years. The current project is the second of two phases. Phase I, which was completed in 2009, is between Cottage Greene Drive and Hill Carter Parkway. The purpose of a stream restoration is to reduce the effects of land development on the water quality in local streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. The area draining to Mechumps Creek has been increasing developed over the past several decades. Much of the development was done before there were requirements for stormwater management. Asphalt, concrete, buildings, etc., in developed areas prevent rainwater from soaking to the ground (i.e., infiltrating), and, therefore, increase the amount of runoff when it rains. The increased runoff causes erosion and degradation of streams. Also, all contaminants that are on these impervious surfaces wash directly into the streams during a rainfall event. The stream restoration will create conditions that can better manage the large volumes of runoff thus reducing erosion in the stream, and will filter out contaminants in the stormwater runoff; both of these resulting in better water quality all the way to the Chesapeake Bay. Although we will preserve as many trees as possible, and we will replant tress and wetland vegetation at the conclusion of the project, trees will be removed during construction.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project, or if you would like to review the plans please contact Clancy Jordan.