New Albany and the New Albany-Plain Local School District are expected to continue a two-year project to improve stormwater retention and work on the Rose Run stream path near Dublin-Granville Road.
In 2013, New Albany-Plain Local students picked up litter along Rose Run and New Albany workers removed invasive species such as honeysuckle, grapevine, privet hedge and autumn olive, which can suffocate plants that help prevent soil erosion and other degradation of the land.
This year, city officials plan to realign 291 lineal feet of Rose Run, which gradually has moved closer to Dublin-Granville Road.
Service Director Mark Nemec said the city needs to maintain the stream's path farther south to prevent the water from getting too close to Dublin-Granville Road and damaging the road.
On the north side of Dublin-Granville Road, the New Albany-Plain Local School District will change the stormwater retention pond at the northeast corner of Dublin-Granville and Fodor roads to include vernal pools of water and wetlands of varying water elevations, Nemec said.
Two swales -- ditches that help filter water before it reaches the pond and the city's storm drain -- also will be modified to include a more gradual slope and more natural plants. The swales are east of the retention pond.
Nemec said the goal is to improve the quality of the water from the pond and swales before it reaches Rose Run. Water is funneled south under Dublin-Granville Road through a storm drain into Rose Run.
The school district has agreed to place the wetlands in a permanent easement, which means the location of the stormwater retention pond cannot be changed, Nemec said.
Students from the Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools environmental science education classes held in New Albany will monitor the water quality.
The project will be funded by a $230,885 grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and $78,115 match from the city. The $78,115 match was included in the city's 2014 budget.
Nemec said the EPA grant was awarded in 2012. The city and school district have finalized plans for the rest of the improvements and the city hopes to bid the project soon and complete it this year.
New Albany City Council on April 15 voted 4-0 to accept the EPA grant. Council members Colleen Briscoe, Chip Fellows and Stephen Pleasnick were absent.