Turkey Creek Restoration

Pinson, Alabama / 2017

The Turkey Creek restoration project has successfully improved water quality and aquatic habitats in the Turkey Creek watershed in Alabama and provided a demonstration site for a healthy natural stream in the Birmingham metro area. The natural channel design project includes channel relocation and reconfiguration to create stable morphology and floodplain connection, streambank bioengineering, riparian buffer establishment, invasive plant control, dam removal, and in-stream boulder and log structures for hydraulic energy management and aquatic habitat enhancement. The project serves as a long-term demonstration site for ecosystem restoration monitoring and education. Phase 1 was implemented in 2017 on 300 feet of stream channel restored following removal of the Shadow Lake Dam. Future implementation on at least 2,000 linear feet of stream is planned for 2018-2019.