Lucky Run Stream Restoration
Lucky Run is a tributary to Four Mile Run and part of the larger Potomac River watershed. The Lucky Run watershed consists of approximately 225 acres of densely developed urban land and as a result, the stream currently exhibits instability along with several unfavorable characteristics. The project section of the Lucky Run begins where the stream emerges from the culvert under West Braddock Road near I-395 and continues downstream to the wet pond near Ford Avenue and Park Center Drive. Natural channel design techniques will be applied to approximately 950 linear feet of stream to restore Lucky Run to a stable condition and improve stream function, water quality, and habitat.
The restored stream will be reconnected to the floodplain which will help filter pollutants such as nitrogen, phosphorous, and sediment. In addition, banks will be stabilized using native vegetation and other natural sustainable techniques which will mitigate the bank erosion, preventing large amounts of sediment from washing downstream. Whenever possible, on-site materials will be used in the construction of the project.
The main goals of the project are to:
- Restore the stream to a stable condition to improve water quality and help meet the Chesapeake Bay cleanup mandate
- Improve the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the stream
- Enhance aesthetics and further establish the area as an amenity
- Use native plants to provide habitat for riparian birds and animals
- Protect the walking trail and utilities including the sanitary sewer and storm drain outfalls
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) awarded the City a $668,000 Stormwater Local Assistance Fund (SLAF) grant for partial funding of this project.