The Big Creek Park Wetlands Enhancement Project is a multi-disciplinary demonstration project designed by Geosyntec Consultants for the City of Roswell, Georgia, through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The objectives of the project were to demonstrate innovative water quality and wetlands enhancement techniques through the use of stormwater best management practices and groundwater recharge - all within a public park setting which includes a network of trails for public use and outdoor classrooms.
During the course of this project, Geosyntec assisted the City with QAPP preparation in support of the U.S. EPA grant; conducted baseline data collection at the site (stream flow, water quality, soil characterization, rainfall, and groundwater in wetlands); prepared detailed design and engineering plans and specifications; obtained the required permits; public outreach; assisted the city with contractor selection; and provided construction management services for the project. Permitting activities on this project included: Section 404 wetlands permitting; Section 401 water quality certification; stream buffer variance; floodplain permitting; and construction NPDES permitting. The Geosyntec team also assisted the City with stakeholder involvement which included multiple City departments, elected officials, U.S. EPA, and local environmental/recreational organizations. Throughout the project, the Geosyntec Team worked hand-in-hand with Roswell's Recreation and Parks Department in successfully striking a balance between the projects recreational and environmental objectives in the context of the City of Roswell's Parks Master Plan.
Stuart Moring, P.E., Director of Public Works/Environmental of City of Roswell summarized it this way, "Geosyntec performed admirably during every stage of this project, consistently demonstrating their understanding of a complex set of environmental, recreational, and financial goals, within the context of public service and scrutiny... I am personally proud of the outcome of this project."
Geosyntec was able to successfully translate engineering design experience from the geoenvironmental practice to innovative techniques and methods for this wetlands enhancement project. The project won several awards, and in recognition of the effort the City of Roswell passed a resolution honoring Geosyntec's role in the project. The awards received by this project included:
- State Engineering Excellence Award "? American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), 2006
- Outstanding Civil Engineering Project Award - Natural Environment Category, Georgia Outstanding Civil Engineering Awards, ASCE Georgia Section, September 2006
- GAWRA Water Resources Project of the Year; by American Water Resources Association - Georgia Section, May 2006
- Georgia Trendsetter Award 2006 by Georgia Municipal Association.