Great Ecology is the ecological consultant to Merrick & Company on the design and restoration of the Montclair Creek Outfall Project. The Creek has lost most of its ecological function due to decades of impacts from urbanization and has mostly served as a stormwater conveyance system, including channelization and being forced underground in pipes. As part of the revitalization of the National Western Complex (NWC) in Denver, the project will daylight Montclair Creek near its confluence with the South Platte River, just south of the Denver Coliseum. Part of the project site is within the Vasquez Boulevard and I-70 Superfund Site as well as other contaminated areas along the South Platte River. These environmental constraints require the newly created channel to be contained within an impermeable barrier system to prevent hydrologic connection with the contaminated substrate and groundwater.
Great Ecology is providing ecological and design expertise on the creation of the stream open channel, park integration, and floodplain connectivity. Great Ecology’s design is based on the ecological functionality of native streams and rivers as well as integrate the needs of the local community and NWC. Great Ecology helped with the channel design, including construction details and specifications for channel substrate, growth media, and plant community composition. We also supported coordination with federal, state, and local agencies and stakeholders. When complete in 2018, the project will create a new, functioning stream channel, add additional park space to Globeville Landing Park, and restore part of the South Platte River floodplain, providing residents and visitors with a valuable natural resource within the Denver Metropolitan area.
(Images courtesy: Architerra Group)
Brownfields and NRD, Ecological Design & Restoration, Habitat Restoration, River, Stream, and Riparian Restoration,