Restoration Progress

July 22, 2013 - Rain, Rain and More Rain

The month of July has been the wettest on record. The site has experienced multiple bankfull events and one rainfall event greater than 8 inches in under 3 hours. Fortunately, we still have a site resembling the newly constructed channel (see June 28th post). The final instream structure was constructed last Thursday and regrading is underway to remove excess soil deposited from this months storm events. We want to say a special 'Thanks' to Donnie and his crew from RiverWorks for putting up with 12+ inches of muck last week.

Beginning of the MonthMiddle of the Wet Season

Double Wing DeflectorRegrading

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June 13, 2013 - Lots of Water, Nowhere to Go!

An estimated 8+ inches of rain fell this morning on the Clemson area. 


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June 28, 2013 - Channel Cut, Mountain Gone

Construction has progressed at a rapid pace. This week the entire mountain of dirt was removed from our site by what seemed an endless amount of dump trucks. We were also amazed to find a newly formed channel, instream structures and erosion control matting.

missing dirtnew channel

instream structuresinstream structures

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June 26, 2013 - Unearthed

Today the crew from RiverWorks truly unearthed a great find. 

Wagon wheel found while forming new channel

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June 18, 2013 - Surveyors On-Site

Professional surveyor and Clemson graduate Tad Abraham was on-site today staking out the new stream channel. This photo of the 'mountain of dirt' puts a good perspective on the soil removed. 

Surveyors lay out the stakes for the new channel  Colossal mound of dirt

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June 12, 2013 - Trees Down, Earth Moving

All trees were dropped late last week with the majority of debris and usable timber stockpiled.  The sizable task of removing the earthen berm has just begun.  Upon viewing this from the field side, there doesn't seem like much soil to remove.  This was not the case when visiting the site from the downstream end.  There is a significant amount of soil to be removed in order for the stream to access any sort of floodplain.  It will be interesting to get a final calculation of actual soil removed.  

Hunnicutt Creek Restoration Week 1  Hunnicutt Creek Restoration Week 1

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June 4-5, 2013 - Equipment Arrives

Construction equipment showed up on site today. This is the beginning of an estimated 8 week period of time where trees and soil will be removed, a new channel and floodplain will be created, instream structures will be constructed and non-native plant species will be replaced with appropriate native plant species. This is an exciting time for the Clemson community.

 project sign 

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