Save Maumee Riparian Buffer Initiative

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 Forestry Grant Narrative

These projects are made possible through the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and U.S. Forest Service.

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Trier Ditch: 2 of 2 Projects COMPLETE
1,100 trees – 18 species


Trier Ditch Subwatershed project area(s): Entire project completed April 21, 22, 23
Location: Heatherwood Park
& Moser Park

    • Installation of 2,800 linear feet of riparian buffers with a width no less than 20 feet to yield approximately 1.29 acre per site (56,000 sq. ft.)          *(2,800 linear feet X 25 ft width = 1.61 acre (70,000 sq. ft.)
    • Adding 1,100 total trees (18 species) to capture 64,900 gallons/year (59 gallons/tree)
    • Nitrogen load reduction for this watershed to yield 426.66 lb. / year.
    • Phosphorus load reduction to yield 253.32 lb. / year.
    • Sediment load reduction to yield 253.34 tons / year
    • Partnered with New Haven Parks and Recreation Dept. & East Allen Community Schools
    • Over 2,000 Asian Honeysuckle were removed from these two sites
    • Volunteer Hours by 209 people:
      • 422 hours logged April 3-April 20 (invasive removal)
      • 242.5 hours logged April 21 Public Event, Heatherwood Park
      • 471 hours logged April 22 Public Event, Moser Park
      • 215.5 hours logged April 23 Public Event, Heatherwood Park

Trier Ditch Subwatershed to the Upper Maumee River

Location: Moser Park, 601 W. Main Street, New Haven, IN 46774


LOCATION: Heatherwood Park, 1000 Hartzell Rd. New Haven, Indiana 46774

Currently Seeking Six Mile Creek Ditch Site for our next project for October 2017, located within the boundaries of this map:

Six Mile Creek: Riparian Buffer 1 of 2 projects

Sixmile Subwatershed road references

Six Mile Creek Subwatershed, which drains directly to the Maumee River.Six Mile Creek: LOCATION 3 & 4 Diagram on how water flows in the area and areas of interest on the property.

Six Mile Creek Planting Plan

SIX MILE CREEK SITE ALONE we installed over 1,200 linear feet of riparian buffer, with a width no less than 25 feet.  This will yield approximately .68 of additional forest along one of the (three) most degraded sub-watersheds to the Upper Maumee River.  This is a priority area due to lack of riverbank buffers, urban land-use, impaired biotic communities, PCB’s CSO’s, septic tank failures, DRP sediment and exceeding total suspended solids (TSS) 100% of the time.

*TSS is soil and all pollutants carried with that sediment.

  • Adding 460 trees in Six Mile Creek will capture 27,140 gallons of water per year to reduce flooding elsewhere
  • Sediment load reduction to yield 216 tons of soil retained / year
  • Nitrogen load reduction to yield 384 pounds / year
  • Phosphorus load reduction to yield 228 pounds / year
  • We prepared this site by removing the invasive Asian Honeysuckle and Autumn Olive over 3 days, July 21, 22, 23.  Everyone loves to plant a tree, but it takes many hours of labor to prepare sites appropriately for healthy planting of our 460 trees (13 species) at this site location.
  • Gaining resident volunteer participation in restoration efforts.

Bullerman Ditch: Riparian Buffer Project 1 of 2

Entire project area location on Bullerman Ditch Subwatershed

Bullerman 1,100 linear ft buffer

Legal Description of project area adjacent to & receiving groundwater from brownfield site

Legal Description of project area adjacent to & receiving groundwater from brownfield site located at 800 Glasgow Ave. Fort Wayne, IN 46803 June 2016 the property remains vacant.                         1891 – Originally built by Wayne Pump/(Wayne Combusion) Petroleum Storage (acetone found as well) 
 Wayne Combustion ⁃ 3 systems to ship ⁃ strictly poultry ⁃ 15 state regionally U Tech Study ⁃ Scott Fetzer Company / Berkshire Hathaway owned it in 1978 ⁃ started as oil and gas company ⁃ burners and combustion technology focus, It then became “Water Works” ⁃ working with state 2013 NRCS budget for waste ⁃ preceeding with air and water permitting ⁃ Working with fish and wildlife ⁃ NO NPDES, FESOP ⁃ proactive approach to reduce pollution and runoff ⁃ agricultural. Sean Watkins – “SM Watkins Sheet Metal” closed on the property in 2013 and sold the property in 2016 to current landowner. Tax Records 2010 ⁃ Wayne / Scott Fetzer – 13,200 ⁃ Daniel J. Lawrence – 191,700 ⁃ Daniel j. Lawrence — 9,900 – F & H Fueller is (a business partner of Jerry Henry, Mayor Tom Henry’s brother).
 Hartzell Reality is another company of Jerry Henry’s NOTE FOR FULL DISCLOSURE: 1. DO NOT DRINK THE WATER OUT OF ANY TAP AT THIS BUILDING 2. THIS IS a brownfield site, it does NOT pass inspection for residential levels of groundwater and soil contaminants, however it DOES pass needed levels for contaminants at “industrial levels.” 3. Our society needs to figure out ways to deal with building spaces that are considered “brownfields” and that is what this project is attempting to do at this site. Source: Aliza Tourkow – Brownfield Site Redevelopment Specialist – Grants Administrator – City of Fort Wayne Redevelopment Department
 200 East Berry Street, Room 320 Fort Wayne, IN 46802



Bullerman Project 1 & 2 Specs:

Bullerman Specs site 1and2

Bullerman Ditch Subwatershed Project Area : 380 Trees – 13 species

Installation of 1,000 feet of riparian buffer with a width no less than 25 feet will yield approximately .573 added forest along one of the (three) most degraded sub-watersheds to the Upper Maumee River.
  • Capture 22,440 gallons of water / year
  • Sediment load reduction would yield 190 tons of soil retained / year
  • Nitrogen load reduction would yield 320 pounds / year
  • Phosphorus load reduction would yield 320 pounds / year
  • Volunteers worked between 525.9 – 528 hours on Earth Day ALONE with 261 – 268 people signing in and out to log hours for the public event held on April 17, 2016.

Alterations to Narrative:

  • Where 1 gallon or 3 gallon pots were not available, 5 gallon pots were substituted.
  • No Ash-leaved maples were available during Spring.
  • Asian Honeysuckle removal was necessary to eliminate competition for riparian buffer trees. Efforts yielded approximately 800 large Asian Honeysuckle removed from this site.