Ford Two Stage Ditch

Project size: 3,300-foot, 2.8-acre

Partners: The Office of Lucas County Engineers

Ford Ditch is in the headwaters of Tenmile Creek and drains a largely agricultural landscape. To combat sediment buildup, bank erosion, and dense vegetation throughout the ditch, a 3,300-foot stretch of Ford Ditch will be converted from a traditional trapezoidal channel to a two-stage design. This design will include wetland benches and a vegetated buffer strip that will reduce the energy of waterflow, improve sediment capture, and encourage nutrient sequestration. Newly planted native vegetation will act as additional habitat and as a natural means to suppress the growth of invasive plant species.