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Wetlands at Lost River Cave

As a result of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet widening US 31-W South in Bowling Green to five lanes, a new storm sewer system from the roadway was required to discharge onto property owned by The Friends of Lost River Cave and Valley.  Due to the sensitive ecosystem of the Lost River Cave, the City of Bowling partnered with Lost River Cave and Valley to construct a wetlands treatment system to remove pollutants from the storm water before it reached Lost River and the Cave.


DDS ENGINEERING, PLLC, in a joint venture with Environmental Consulting Services, Inc., (ECSI), was selected by the City of Bowling Green to design a wetland system to treat the storm water runoff and determine the potential removal efficiency. The Landscape Architecture division at DDS prepared the wetland planting plans using plant species native to Kentucky which were selected for their ability to remove pollutants and their aesthetic qualities.  Other functional and atheistic features that were designed and coordinated are a waterfall, pedestrian access through the wetland, trees and shrub placements to blend the wetland into the surrounding landscape, and outcrops of limestone.  


DDS was also responsible for designing a pump system located in Trooper Cave that would provide water to the wetlands during periods of drought or minimal rainfall.


DDS coordinated our design with The Friends of Lost River Cave and Valley, the Kentucky Department of Highways, Scotty’s Contracting, the City of Bowling Green Public Works Department, and ECSI to determine the best layout for the wetland treatment system.  The design and function had to remove the pollutants from the waste stream, but we could not impact the visitors to the cave and visitors center.  Working with all interested parties, we were able to design the wetland to everyone’s satisfaction.  Construction was completed in the summer of 2008 and today, continues to protect Lost River Cave and Valley from harmful pollutants that would have otherwise been allowed to contaminate the pristine environment.

Project Location

Bowling Green, Kentucky

Client

City of Bowling Green

Dates

2007-2008

Project Type

Engineered Wetland

Departments Involved

Civil Engineering,

Landscape Architecture

Rural/Urban

Urban

Type of Improvement

Storm Water Treatment

Project Management

City of Bowling Green

Project Manager(s)

Jason S. Blakeman, PE, PLS

Principal-in-Charge

Dennis D. Smith, PE, PLS

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