Projects | Water Resources > Fluvial Geomorphology and Bioengineering
Chedoke Creek Bank Stabilization – City of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON
UEM was retained by the City of Hamilton to complete geomorphological assessments for a portion of Chedoke Creek located immediately downstream of the King Street box culverts. The project was initiated in response to bank erosion/migration and slope failures resulting from a realignment, channelization and widening of the Creek in 1964 to accommodate the construction of Highway 403. The project included an analysis of restoration options, HEC RAS modeling, and fluvial geomorphic analysis, and was part of a larger Environmental Assessment; UEM Professionals participated at Public Information Centres as members of the Project Team. To restore the creek, UEM recommended bioengineering works that included bank armouring with armour stone and live crib walls, slope re-grading, and revegetation. UEM subsequently completed the detailed design of the bank stabilization works and provided site observation and contract administration during construction.
The Chedoke Creek Remediation Project was recognized by the Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) as the 2008 Environmental Project of the Year (project between $2 and $10 Million), and received a Bronze Medal Award from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) in 2010.
Red Hill Creek Bank Stabilization – City of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON
UEM was retained by the City of Hamilton to complete the detailed design of the preferred bank stabilization and erosion control options identified through an earlier Environmental Assessment. The system, designed by UEM, included a toe drain to control identified leachate seepage problems that also impacted bank stabilization. UEM’s Fluvial Geomorphology Team inspected the site and provided additional input to the design including use of native vegetation on the slopes above the retaining wall and pinned boulders at the toe of the retaining wall.
Six Mile Creek Restoration – Private Landowner, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
UEM was retained by a private landowner in Niagara–on–the–Lake to prepare a re–alignment and restoration plan for Six Mile Creek that met the concerns of the homeowner and involved regulators. UEM conducted HEC RAS simulations to design appropriate channel cross-sections that would contain a 100–year flood event and shed ice and debris away from the house. At high shear–stress areas, bank stabilization techniques were designed including live crib walls, brush mattresses, and fascines. Overbank wetlands, rootwads, and round river stone were integrated into the design to improve wildlife habitat, and native plant material was used for all live planting. The re–alignment and restoration plan was quickly approved by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. UEM also obtained an additional required approval under Niagara Region’s forestry bylaw. Following construction, UEM provided monitoring of the site as a researche& project in cooperation with students from Niagara Collegrsquo;s postgraduate Ecosystem Restoration Program.