The Upper Whites Branch Stream and Prairie Restoration at Bluestem Park

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Monday, February 12, 2018 from 6:30pm – 8pm
5301 Campus Drive in Fort Worth
Tarrant County College – South Campus in the Center of Excellence for Energy Technology (LEED certified building with wind turbine) *Please note, this is our new meet-up location for 2018. SETC Fusion and Parking- map

Bluestem Park in Fort Worth. Photo from Peloton Land Solutions website.

The Upper Whites Branch Stream and Prairie Restoration at Bluestem Park
Chris Hamilton, Peloton Land Solutions
The upper reach of Whites Branch is an ephemeral stream on the Fort Worth Prairie located within the ongoing Alliance Town Center mixed-use development in Fort Worth. Planning for this development began in late 2012. One of the key questions for this development was how to handle a stock pond formed by a 50 year dam and ephemeral stream flowing through the development. “For this project, Peloton Land Solutions assembled an extensive interdisciplinary team that included engineers, hydrologists, wildlife biologists, landscape architects, planners, rangeland ecologists, and arborists.

It was determined that removing the pond dam and restoring a natural stream channel through the site was the most desirable option. The natural stream design for the restoration focused on geomorphologic factors such as gradient, sinuosity, capacity, and sediment transport characteristics. Ecological factors included native vegetation and wildlife habitat potential. A series of natural stone drop structures were designed to provide grade control & create a natural complex of riffles and runs, mimicking nearby natural streams.

The stream restoration area provides a unique, safe, sustainable, and usable green/open space, including a hike-and-bike trail that weaves through a 14-acre prairie restoration site.