Project Description

Moores Creek Stream Assessment

Ecosystem Services was contracted to perform a stream restoration assessment of approximately 4.5 miles of Moores Creek in Charlottesville, VA. The assessment included an existing conditions analysis, prioritization of restoration opportunities, a restoration alternatives analysis, and a discussion of potential funding opportunities. A conceptual restoration plan was also prepared for a stream reach within Azalea Park.

Moores Creek is a tributary of the Rivanna River that has experienced severe pollution and degradation due to a highly urbanized watershed. The stream was assessed for parameters that typically drive the need for restoration efforts including erosion rate, local erosion risk, risk to infrastructure, safety, riparian buffer condition, channel modification, and implementation feasibility. These parameters were then used to derive a numeric score and prioritized in order of need for restoration. Outfalls, exposed utility lines, and locations of excessive localized erosion were also identified.


  • Provide planning level guidance and data to the City of Charlottesville that will inform future stream bank restoration and stabilization projects
  • Provide information for a successful bid for funding through the Department of Environmental Quality’s Stormwater Local Assistance Fund

Services: Assessment, Mapping, Stream and Wetland Design