Hopewell Elementary Project Ribbon Cutting and Dedication
The Lakota Local School District hosted a ribbon cutting to dedicate the Hopewell Elementary Stormwater and Riparian Enhancement Project on Friday, April 29. This outdoor classroom was developed through a partnership with the Butler Soil and Water Conservation District, Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities (Council), Cardno and the Lakota Local School District.
Successful completion of this project provides environmental benefit to East Fork Mill Creek by filtering and slowing stormwater by redirecting it through one of three new landscape drainage features. Installation of high quality habitat with native plants, flowers and prairies provides a “treatment train” for water entering the stream. The rain garden feature was planted by Hopewell Elementary students in the spring of 2015.
The dedication included a special thank-you to all project partners and will highlight the importance of a naturalized approach to stormwater management. This project is used as an educational tool for the students and the community to learn about healthy riparian ecosystems. The $123,450 in project costs was funded through a Surface Water Improvement Fund grant awarded by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.