This project was financed in part through a grant from the State of Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, under the provisions of Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act.

Project Background
Clover Groff Run is one of two major tributaries that unite to form Hellbranch Run, a tributary to the National Scenic Big Darby Creek. The Ohio EPA has identified deficiencies in Clover Groff due to channelization and sedimentation from agricultural activities and suburban development. Indeed, Clover Groff Run has been identified as one of the most impaired tributaries within the Big Darby Creek watershed.

Partners & Funding
In 2013, the City received a $232,916 Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source Program Grant from the Ohio EPA in order to complete the first phase of restoration on Clover Groff Run. The City provided $196,797 in matching funds. The project is supported by the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District and has been implemented with the assistance of EMH&T and Facemyer Company.

Project in Brief
The project includes the restoration of approximately 1,125 linear feet of stable channel within a 250-foot wide floodplain corridor. The floodplain corridor was planted with a variety of native riparian species, and approximately 0.7 acre of floodplain wetland was created within the buffer area. The restoration is intended to reduce erosion and sedimentation and improve stream habitat.

Project Purpose
Section 319(h) grant funding is targeted to Ohio waters where nonpoint source pollution is a significant cause of stream impairments. Nonpoint source pollution comes from many diffuse sources and can include sediment, fertilizers, pesticides, oil and other inputs from urban, agricultural and residential lands. Within Clover Groff Run the sources of degradation are channelization and sedimentation. The stream was previously converted into an agricultural drainage ditch and excess sediment continues to impair the habitat and water quality of the stream. The restoration provides:

1. Significant reduction sediment and nutrient loading
2. Improved habitat in and along the stream corridor.
3. Improved aesthetics and recreational opportunities.

Construction Photos