Eagle Creek Reservoir Gets Green Wall
(posted Mar 30)
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|Excavation for the green wall runs just west of Dandy Trail. When completed,
the westside shoulder will retain its original width.
Photo by Jay Thompson
The low water level at Eagle Creek Reservoir is due to the $1,148,500 erosion
control project to stabilize the area between Rick's Boat Yard Cafe and
Sheila McKinley of Burke Engineering said the project encompasses about
1,500 linear feet.
"The bank itself is failing," she said.
Not only is it a land loss issue, but a water quality issue too. She said
the bank is so steep that the root system can't hold vegetation, causing
large amounts of sediment to make its way into the reservoir. "Sediment
is the number one pollutant in the State of Indiana for our waterways."
The stabilization project (diagram) consists of building a large retaining wall, called a green wall, that
will have pockets of soil to hold native plants, shrubs and trees. She
said some spruce will be used, even though it is not a native tree. McKinley
described the construction difficulty in the area. The bank's slope is
two feet in rise for each foot in length, with some areas a one to one
slope. The project started in February and should take about 180 days to