White Lick Creek is a 50 mile long tributary to the White River and flows north to south through Central Indiana. Our project is located just north of HWY 36 in Avon, Indiana.
The land around this creek is rapidly developing. The added runoff stress and increased the erosion potential of flash floods is a threat to the stability of the system. The creek is used recreationally for fishing as well as a key feature for the Avon bicycle and walking trail system.
White Lick Creek had eroded more than 30 feet in the two years after the trail system was completed through this stretch. The 16' high cut bank was adding truck loads of sediment into the stream at every flood event. Using boulder to harden the toe of the newly constructed bank we are able to maintain a stable bank and protect the trail system. Soil lifts were then constructed to ensure revegetation of the creek bank. This is a big win for both the protection of infrastructure as well as the biological community and function of the system.
City of Avon