At a Glance

Scars from past land development are replaced with high-quality riparian, wetland, and forest habitat and a restored stream corridor.

Project Description

In 2021, Cleveland Metroparks received funding from the H2Ohio program to restore Foster's Run. A lower reach of Foster's Run had been the site of an earlier restoration project, but erosion, sedimentation, and nutrient loading in the upstream section due to abandoned infrastructure was threatening habitat and water quality.

Using a Construction Manager at Risk delivery method (CMAR) that included Schirmer Construction, Meadville Land Services, and Chagrin Valley Engineering, Cleveland Metroparks hired Biohabitats to lead the restoration design with the objectives to stabilize and restore high quality riparian, wetland, and forest habitat to the degraded stream corridor following removal of the aging road and culvert infrastructure. The restored stream, which runs through a former pond, consists of a series of six cobble riffle-pool structures providing a diversity of aquatic habitats and a naturally stabilized floodplain bench. The floodplain, composed largely of wetlands stabilized with log sills, live stakes, and native vegetation, will accommodate large storm events. Boulder cascades, which replace a concrete culvert, transition into the existing downstream channel. The design also removes adjacent roadways and infrastructure and revegetates these areas with native vegetation.

The project will remove the artificial and abandoned remnants of past development, restore natural stream morphology, maintain existing riparian wetlands, and restore forest and wetland habitat, forming a better-connected stream corridor with the lower reach of Foster's Run.



Great Lakes

Physiographic Province

Glaciated Allegheny Plateaus


Chagrin River

Expertise Areas

Ecological Restoration


Cleveland Metroparks


Mayfield Village, Ohio, United States

Project Team
  • Chagrin Valley Engineering
  • Schirmer Construction
  • Meadville Land Service, Inc.