The Churchill East Stream Valley has, over time, become the heaviest carrier of sediment to Lake Churchill. Previously, the Churchill Community Foundation board assisted in a small stream restoration project and bridge replacement (see past projects). In the Fall of 2016, the board did a lake and stream valley walk and noted that there was heavy erosion and bank degradation in the Churchill East Stream Valley. The board first checked on the status of a project, on which the Churchill East Village was working, to improve street runoff into the floodplain. After gaining an understanding of that project, the Churchill Community Foundation board approved funds for Charles P. Johnson & Associates (CPJ) to complete an analysis of the stream valley and prepare an assessment report and grant application. The Board agreed that this project will only be completed if a grant is received.
The assessment work was completed between January and March of 2017 and a report was written on the stream valley, including an updated geomorphic assessment, with all base mapping information required to prepare stream restoration plans and obtain permits. In addition, a grant application was developed for the project and was sent out in March of 2017. Unfortunately, the Foundation did not receive that grant. In June of 2017, the Board funded an additional grant application for design funding. The grant application has been submitted and the Board is awaiting the grant announcemenet.
This video shows the current issues with the stream during a storm.