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113 Tewning Rd.
Williamsburg, VA 23188

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East Branch Mill Creek Headwaters Restoration

July 2014

Scope of Work

The Mill Creek watershed is composed of different housing developments, many with aging or undersized drainage systems that are failing. Often during hurricanes, nor'easters, and other severe rainstorms, garage and yard flooding occurs. Many lots even flood in a two -year storm event. Over 80 percent of the residences and all of the commercial space lie in the upper 60 percent of the watershed which means development is highly focused in headwater streams. Runoff from urban areas is triggering stream bank erosion. A stream and floodplain assessment determined that the overall Mill Creek is in "fair" condition with notable reaches that are considerably impaired by uncontrolled stormwater input and associated bank and channel erosion and excess sedimentation. This project will restore portions of the restore the Upper Mill Creek Watershed in the Winston Terrace, James Square and Colony Square area surrounding Jamestown Road. The purpose of this project is to reduce flooding, sedimentation and reduce the impacts of urbanization on downstream properties. This project will utilize new stormwater best management practices (BMP’s) to provide storage to reduce sedimentation in the stream and flooding, as well as, using stream restoration techniques to stabilize and improve currently eroded streams. The projects selected will provide water quality benefits and contribute to meeting the County’s permit obligations for the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (CBTMDL) requirements

Status of Project

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Deeply Eroded Streambanks
Eroded channel behind colony square
Exposed Utilities Due to Erosion
High flows and Major Outfall

Engineering investigation, preliminary design and planning is nearly complete. Feasible projects will be considered for feasibility and maximum benefit for estimated costs.  Once selected the final design of the selected projects will begin.


Preliminary Civil Engineering Design - 90 percent progress


$150K Approved Design
$350K Approved


Stantec/Williamsburg Environmental Group - $88,500
Contract Amount and percent completed - $82,524 – 93.2 percent


  • Preliminary engineering investigation and design nearly complete.


Next Steps

  • Continue to secure access and right of way.
  • Complete engineering design and construction plans.
  • Review proposed plans with affected property owners.


Project Issues

  • Obtaining easements and right-of-way.

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