Earlier this week our watershed coordinator and I went to check up on the Waterman farm ditch renovation on Ackerman run. This is located off of Kenny Rd on the OSU agricultural grounds west of the Olentangy. This area was previously just an open stream which allowed the grazing cattle complete access. The restoration of the waterway protected the length of the stream with a 70’ wide stream planting complete with a cattle fence to keep the grazing livestock away from the stream.
The restoration planted 2 zones, the outside meander, and the riparian buffer. The Meander was planted with mostly living willow stakes, which we saw had a very high success rate. The riparian buffer was planted with shrubs like nannyberry, elderberry, silky dogwood, and Washington Hawthorne as well as various varieties of oaks, maples, and other riparian trees.
While some invasive honeysuckle has been making its way into the restoration on one end, it for the most part has been a large success. More trees than were planted are visible in its second year and the stream was flowing and clear.