can I protect the watershed?
Storm project is an on the ground demonstration project to assist in
mitigating stormwater runoff
through stream restoration. The project includes planting of
a stream buffer,
prairie filter strip, a
vegetated swale, and a
constructed wet prairie/emergent
wetland. A multi-dimensional educational outreach
program was produced to facilitate educating the public as to cause,
effect, and natural (green
infrastructure) solutions to stormwater issues.
Wildflower Storm Photos
The project is
located at the confluence of the East Fork and Little Blue Rivers at the
existing trailhead to Little Blue Trace Trail; at the southeast corner
of Little Blue Parkway and Pink Hill Road (E 39th St) in Independence,
MO. (See Map)
The demonstration project is located
within the I-70 corridor, at the south end of what is planned as a major
development corridor that will run north to the Missouri River. There
is rapid and extensive commercial development currently underway in the
immediate area. The site reaches
along 1,500 feet of a traditional flood control project consisting of
armoring. The demonstration
project will treat stormwater runoff from Pink Hill Rd using a vegetated
swale and constructed wet prairie/emergent wetland. These features
will mitigate current and future erosion within the traditional flood
The west side of the 1,500 ft of the
Little Blue River from Little Blue Parkway to Pink Hill Rd is
native prairie wildflowers and grasses that creates a 5 acre buffer
between the trail and the river.
runoff from Pink Hill Rd runs south along the trail for 300 ft,
turns east through a culvert under the trail and then empties
directly into the river. The 300 ft along the trail was becoming an
eroded ditch due to high water volumes and flows. The 300 ft
of ditch has been converted to a vegetated swale with shallow
banks and native plants of appropriate root mass to retard erosion.
A small (0.3 acre) wet
prairie/emergent wetland has been constructed between the trail and
the river to assist with filtering pollutants from the stormwater
be extended implementation in cooperation with the landowner to
insure healthy establishment and function of the plantings. This
will include strategic mowing, removal of invasive species, and
burning. Long term maintenance will occur under the Jackson County
Parks and Recreation natural areas management plan.
EPA Regional Administrator
Visits Wildflower Storm!
On May 10, 2005, EPA Region 7 Administrator
Jim Gulliford recognized the restoration work of the Little Blue River
Watershed Coalition as part of EPA's 'American Wetlands Month'
celebration. Mr. Gulliford presented a plaque to the
Coalition for Wildflower Storm, and then joined with about 30 students
from the Center School District Environmental Club to work on the
Storm Project Partners:
partners include Jackson County Parks and Recreation, Mid-America
Regional Council, US Environmental Protection Agency, Adaptive
Ecosystems, Inc, Missouri Department of Conservation, Kansas City
Wildlands, Arrow Printing, and Shrout Honda.