SI-3A1 (7/8/05 version)
"As Is" Stream Integrity Situation: Endorsed Watershed Action Plan Stream Integrity Targets

The information presented below is specific to stream integrity targets for state endorsed watershed action plans. Use the following links for additional information about:

Shayler Run and Lower East Fork (HUC 05090202-050, -060, -130)

  • From river mile (RM) 0 to 2.2 of the East Fork Little Miami River, raise the QHEI score from current values in 60s to greater than 70;
  • Permanently protect 25% of the East Fork Little Miami River riparian corridor between RM 0 and RM 8.8 on what river through land purchase or conservation easement;
  • Restore 5,000 feet of previously channelized Hall Run headwaters;
  • Inventory 100 percent of riparian corridor along Hall Run; provide recommendations for re-establishing riparian corridor.

White Oak Creek (HUC 05090201-090, -100)

  General

  • By September 2006, obtain funding for a formal floodplain analysis, along with a sinuosity study and an eroding banks assessment;
  • By September 2006, assess and monitor the watershed's floodplains and streambank erosion sites;
  • Set up a tree planting program to repair the loss of riparian buffer along the stream corridor;
  • Educate landowners of the importance of a good riparian habitat;
  • Research the opportunity of developing a riparian easement purchase program.

  Lower Main Stem subwatershed (HUC 05090201-100-030)

  • Protect approximately 8 miles of stream from livestock access to reduce nutrient and sediment loading, while improving QHEI scores (all fence will include a 10-15 year riparian forest protection area);
  • Study the removal options of the Old Georgetown water treatment plant dam at RM 7.6 to restore the natural flow and habitat to the affected area;
  • Establish a riparian easement program to purchase and protect 92 acres of targeted riparian forest.

  Upper Main Stem subwatershed (HUC 0509020-100-020)

  • Protect approximately 5 miles of stream from livestock access to reduce nutrient and sediment loading and improve QHEI scores (all fence will include a 10-15 year riparian forest protection area);
  • Establish 88.24 acres of streamside buffer habitat to reduce the amount of nutrients and pesticides that leads to the degradation of water quality.

  Sterling Run Subwatershed (HUC 05090201-100-010)

  • Re-establish 27.92 miles of treed riparian corridors to improve the QHEI scores and reduce pollution runoff;
  • Protect & improve streambank stabilization by upgrading 5 degraded livestock feeding areas by installing 3 miles of livestock exclusion fencing and auxiliary practices;
  • Reduce channelization in small headwater streams through installing a demo site to demonstrate the channel morphology concept on approximately 5,000 feet;
  • Establish a riparian habitat protect ion program to protect the 19.7 miles of habitat that is currently in place.

  North Fork subwatershed (HUC 05090201-090-030)

  • Reestablish 104.78 acres (17.29 miles) of streamside riparian corridor to improve the QHEI scores and reduce pollution runoff;
  • Reduce channelization in small headwater streams through installing a demo site to demonstrate the channel morphology concept on approximately 5,000 feet;
  • Establish a riparian habitat protection program to protect the 30.13 miles of habitat that is currently in place.

  Little North Fork subwatershed (HUC 05090201-090-020)

  • Reestablish 165.6 acres (27.33 miles) of streamside riparian corridor to improve the QHEI scores and reduce pollution runoff;
  • Reduce channelization in small headwater streams through installing a demo site to demonstrate the channel morphology concept on approximately 5,000 feet. Establish a riparian habitat protection program to protect the 26.95 miles of habitat that is currently in place.

  East Fork subwatershed (HUC 05090201-090-010)

  • Reestablish 347.4 acres (57.32 miles) of streamside riparian corridor to improve the QHEI scores and reduce pollution runoff;
  • Reduce channelization in small headwater streams through installing a demo site to demonstrate the channel morphology concept on approximately 5,000 feet;;
  • Establish a riparian easement purchase program to protect the 75.57 miles of habitat that is currently in place.

Kokosing River (HUC 05040003-010, -020, -030, -040)

  • By September 2007, restore riparian vegetation in the North Branch Kokosing River headwaters to near State Route 13 subwatershed by approximately twenty percent (19,900 linear feet) and in the Jelloway Creek subwatershed by approximately twenty-six percent (19,100 linear feet);
  • By October 2009, protect approximately 500 acres of high value/high function riparian corridor habitat;
  • By September 2007, restore destabilized stream banks in the North Branch Kokosing River subwatershed from the headwaters to near State Route 13 by approximately thirty-six percent (10,000 linear feet) and in the Jelloway Creek subwatershed by approximately fifty-nine percent (19,100 linear feet);
  • By September 2007, restore streams in the North Branch Kokosing Rive subwatershed from the headwaters to near State Route 13 by approximately twenty percent (19,900 linear feet) and in the Jelloway Creek subwatershed by approximately forty percent (19,100 linear feet) by September 2007;
  • Manage stormwater and development to protect water quality and floodplain function in the watershed;
  • By September 2009, protect approximately 100 acres of wetlands in the Kokosing River below Dry Creek to above Big Run and restore approximately 100 acres of wetlands in the Kokosing River below South Branch to below Mile Run and Kokosing River Headwaters.
  • Using geographic information system technology, map headwater streams in the watershed

Chagrin River (HUC 04110003-020,-030)

  • Protect and facilitate riparian area* protection through assisting local government implementation of voluntary and regulatory riparian protection programs; including implementation of a 500 foot, riparian area (& stream bank stabilization project) restoration project;
  • Protect and restore wetland functions for detaining and storing water and maintain water quality;

    * Critical riparian parcels inventoried and mapped.

Lower Alum Creek (HUC 05060001-160)

  General

  • Preserve and restore riparian corridor on the mainstem and tributaries by protecting five properties by 2010;

  Upper subwatershed (HUC 05060001-160-010)

  • QHEI substrate scores of 14 or better;

  Lower subwatershed (HUC 05060001-160-020)

  • TMDL Habitat Target: score of 3 or better;
  • QHEI Substrate scores: 14 or better by 2010;
  • Remove one dam by 2010. Bring affected reach into partial/full attainment.

Lower Olentangy (HUC 05060001-120)

  • Protect streamside forests (65 acres/8,000 linear feet) through fee-simple purchase or conservation easements;
  • Restore 10% of the streamside forest through redevelopment opportunities (110 acres) and re-vegetation programs (310 acres)
  • Through removal of four lowhead dams, improve the QHEI scores to 60 and ICI scores to 36.0, to meet a WWH use designation.

Mill Creek ( HUC 05030103-180-010, -020, -030)

  • 14,364 linear feet of riparian corridor are identified and prioritized for conservation easement acquisition.

Meigs Creek (HUC 05040004-080)

  Upper Meigs Creek (05040004-080-010)

  • Stabilize 2.0 miles of streambank to reduce 2,800 lbs/day of sediment and 1.4 lbs/day of phosphorus load from entering into the Upper Meigs Creek.

  Mans Fork (05040004-080-020)

  • Stabilize 5.2 miles of streambank to reduce 1638 lbs/day of sediment and .82 lbs/day of phosphorus from entering into Mans Fork.

  Fourmile Run (05040004-080- 050)

  • Stabilize 2.9 miles of streambank to reduce 109 lbs/day of sediment and .1 lbs/day of phosphorus from entering into Mans Fork.

Leading Creek (HUC 05030202 090)

  Below Five Mile Run to above Mud Fork (HUC 05030202-090-020)

  • Reduce stream channel erosion by restricting livestock access and by stabilizing 3,960 feet of eroded stream bank along Sisson Run RM 0.5 to RM 1.3.
  • Increase average QHEI substrate score to 13 in Sisson Run and Ogden Run.
  • Improve overall habitat conditions by restoring 2.5 miles of riparian area along Sisson Run and Sharps Run.

  Mud Fork (HUC 05030202-090-030)

  • Increase average QHEI substrate scores to 13 in Mud Fork.

  Below Mud Fork to above Little Leading Creek (HUC 05030202-090-040)

  • Increase average QHEI substrate scores to 13 in Lasher Run.

Duck Creek (HUC 05030201 110 & 120)

  Headwaters West Fork of Duck Creek (HUC 05030201-120-010)

  • Establish 50-foot wide riparian corridor on each side of stream along the designated 3.9 miles (47.3 acres of buffer to be created).
  • Establish a conservation easement for a 50-foot wide riparian corridor on each side of stream from RM 0.0 to RM 0.5 and RM 1.4 to RM 1.9 along the designated 1.0-mile area (12.1 acres of buffer to be created).

  Lower Duck Creek (HUC 05030201-120-040)

  • Establish 50-foot wide riparian corridor on each side of stream along an additional 7.3 miles (88.5 acres of buffer to be created). Totaling 70% of the watershed.

  Middle Fork of Duck Creek (HUC 05030201-110-030)

  • Establish 50-foot wide riparian corridor on each side of stream along the designated 2.5 miles (30.3 acres of buffer to be created).

  Upper Duck Creek Subwatershed (HUC 05030201-120-030)

  • Establish 50-foot wide riparian corridor on each side of stream along an additional 6.6 miles (79.8 acres of buffer to be created). Totaling 70% of the watershed.

Lower Olentangy River (HUC 05060001-120)

  • Protect streamside forests through fee-simple purchase or conservations easements (65 acres purchases and over 8,000 linear feed of streamside forest protected by 2005).
  • Restore 10% of the streamside forest through redevelopment opportunities (110 acres and re-vegetation programs (310 acres).
  • Increase QHEI scores to 60 within tributary streams (priority on Rush Run).
    • Evaluate stream morphology
    • Restore floodplain on tributary streams that have been channelized
    • Daylight streams that currently run through underground conduits
    • Restore degraded tributary stream channels.
  • Remove or alter rock-check dams to improve riffle zones for aquatic biota's habitat.
  • If feasible and desirable, remove lowhead dams in the Scenic River portion.
  • Where dam removal is not feasible or desirable investigate the means to modify structures to provide for fish ladders and boat chutes.
  • Stabilize release rates from the Delaware Lake Dam to mimic natural hydrology and rainfall.

Wolf Creek (HUC 05040004-090, -100)

  West Branch Wolf Creek above Little Wolf Creek (HUC 05040004-090-010)

  • Plant 5 acres of trees in riparian area to increase QHEI scores to 70 in 15 years.

  West Branch Wolf above Little Wolf Creek, Coal Run (HUC 05040004-090-050)

  • Plant 5 acres of trees in riparian area to increase QHEI scores to 70 in 15 years.

  South Branch Wolf Creek above South West Fork (HUC 05040004-100-010)

  • Plant 5 acres of trees in riparian area to increase QHEI scores to 70 in 15 years.

Bokes Creek (HUC 05060001-060)

Powderlick Run (HUC 05060001-060)

  • Within 5 years, increase QHEI scores from an average of 32 to 41.6 from river miles 5.10 to 3.01.
  • Within 10 years, increase QHEI scores from an average of 32 to 60 from river miles 5.10 to 3.10.
  • Within 5 years, increase QHEI scores 44.5 to 59 from river mile 3.0 to the mouth.
  • Within 10 years incrase QHEI scores to 60 from river mile 3.0 to the mouth.