Status of Lake Herrick Project

As of August 25, 2017

Nutter & Associates and Koons Environmental Design are under contract for design of Lake Herrick Watershed Restoration, Phase 1:  Upper Pond Renovation.  This project is being managed by the Office of University Architects with support from Warnell, FMD and others.

A graduate research assistant will continue water quality monitoring activities in the Lake Herrick watershed.  Funding for this student research will come from Riverview, Southern Company, Office of the President, and Office of Sustainability.

The first phase will focus on improving water quality within the watershed by revitalizing the upper pond in Oconee Forest Park, which acts as a stilling basin to prevent sediments and pollutants from passing downstream to Lake Herrick and the North Oconee River. This phase will include removing more than 50 years of accumulated sediment, replacing invasive plant materials with native flora, and installing stormwater control measures, among other improvements. The second phase will expand recreational opportunities at Lake Herrick by improving conditions around the pavilion area.  A lakeside lawn for passive recreation and events will be developed, and a stepped dock will be constructed for launching canoes and kayaks in the lake.  A lakeside walking and running trail also will be installed in the second phase, along with native riparian plantings at the lake edge. Phase 1 is scheduled to begin in September of 2017 and Phase 2 in the fall of 2017. Both are scheduled to be completed by summer 2018.

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