West Branch Harble Griffith Project Updates

Be sure to check this page often as we will be adding updates as the project progresses!

Tentative Project Timeline: The project pre-bid will be held at the project site on Wednesday May 4th at 10:00.  Bid opening will be in Columbus on May 18th.  Mobilization (getting equipment to the site) should be no later than July 20th, and seeding and planting following project completion should occur no later than September 10th, 2011.  A pre-construction tour will be held on the site in mid-summer, stay tuned for more info!  These dates are all subject to change!  
REVISED Project Timelime:  Due to above average precipitation in the fall of 2011, the project was not completed in 2011.  Project construction has stopped for the winter and will resume in the spring of 2012.  Construction is expected to be complete in the summer of 2012.  Keep checking back for more updates this spring!

Project Update - December 12, 2012
Project is complete!  The project is currently within its Year Maintenance Period. Some areas within the reclaim that were experiencing erosion were stuffed with straw and seeded in November. A frost seeding will be done in February. This involves spreading seed when the ground is frozen and allowing it to sprout in the spring. Many of the trees were not wrapped by the contractor and were damaged by deer.  Any trees that die will be replaced by the contractor in the Spring. The channel draining the reclaim that enters the wetland has been flowing during the fall rain events.  The wetland is full of water and the vegetation is starting to establish.  

Project Update - June 28, 2012
West Branch Harble Griffith Reclamation Project is nearly complete!  Major construction is done; 29 acres reclaimed (graded, seeded, mulched), limestone channels are installed, 9.5 acre wetland has been created in the borrow field, and the wetland is being planted THIS WEEK (seed mix as well as shrubs and trees)! 

June 27, 2012 Photo Gallery

Project Update - December 1, 2011

The project is capped and half of the reclaim is seeded.  The wetland construction will be completed in the spring.  Construction was shut down November 23rd and the project was winterized.

December 1, 2011 - Photo Gallery

Project Update - November 17, 2011
Grading is completed and re-soiling is currently underway as well as some grass seeding.  Due to higher than average fall precipitation this year, the construction schedule is behind and will shut down in the coming weeks and the project will be winterized and re-vegetation will resume in the spring of 2012. 

November 17, 2011 Photo Gallery

Project Update - October 31, 2011
Wetland construction in the borrow field has begun.

October 31, 2011 - Photo Gallery

Project Update - October 13, 2011
Construction is at about 60-65% completion.  Pre-liming the soil began the previous week (lime is incorporated into the re-graded coal/gob material).  Next steps are to complete the swale (to convey runoff from the site), finish pre-liming the soil, re-soiling the site and create the wetland in the field where the borrow is coming from.

October 13, 2011 - Photo Gallery

Project Update - September 27, 2011
Construction continues despite the rains that brought us from summer to fall. 

September 21, 2011 - Photo Gallery
Pre-Construction Tour - July 27, 2011
On July 27th, Raccoon Creek and ODNR staff conducted a pre-construction site tour at the project site.  All nearby landowners, elected officials, and stakeholders were invited, and the tour was well attended with about 20 people.  Thanks to all who attended, and to those who helped to lead the tour.

Tour Photo Gallery

Project Update - March 31, 2011
The West Branch Harble Griffith Project has begun!!  The final project design has been completed by Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Division of Mineral Resources Management.  Pre-construction sampling has been occurring at the project site since summer of 2010 and will continue monthly until the start of construction.  The trees on the project area have been cleared, and the field that will be providing borrow for the project has been drilled (to determine amount of useable soil) and tilled (for archaeological review).

Photo Gallery of cleared sites, soil drilling, and tilling - click here!