At a Glance

Urban stream restoration enhances habitat and reduces pollutant loads entering Lake Erie.

Project Description

West Creek, which flows through Parma, OH, is a tributary to the Cuhayoga River and ultimately, Lake Erie. Tightly sandwiched between a senior living center and a power equipment retailer, a portion of West Creek had lost ecological value.

In a design-build capacity, Biohabitats helped the West Creek Conservancy, a non-profit dedicated to protecting natural habitats and restoring the ecological value and sustainability of urban land in the Greater Cleveland area, to restore the degraded portion of the creek to improve water quality and habitat. Construction implementation was led by Meadville Land Service.

The project involved relocating 500 linear feet of West Creek to re-establish floodplain connectivity, create a "Stage 0" anastomosing channel network,  and restore a headwater wetland system. Biohabitats’ approach restored natural ecological systems and processes along the existing and relocated channel, reduced nonpoint pollution loadings from an adjacent property, improved riparian and upland habitat, removed invasive species, and enhanced the visual and aesthetic character of this urban area.



Great Lakes

Physiographic Province

Glaciated Allegheny Plateaus (Killbuck-Glaciated Pittsburgh Plateau)



Expertise Areas

Conservation, Design & Build, Ecological Restoration, Urban Ecology


West Creek Conservancy


Parma, Ohio, United States

Project Team
  • Meadville Land Service, Inc.
  • Chagrin Valley Engineering, Inc.
  • ASC Group, Inc.
  • Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District