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Daylighting Bowman Creek

Bowman Creek is diverted underground for most of its length in concrete pipes. These pipes are largely uninhabitable to marine life and contribute to bacterial pollution in the creek. The Southeast Neighborhood Master Plan has identified the creek as an important feature of the area, which can bring new life to the community if restored. Daylighting the creek is an ecological investment that can pay off through increased property values. Based on previous site surveys and stakeholder input, interns identified four possible routes at Riley High School for the daylit creek to take, shown below. Throughout the summer, the team of interns assessed each for its feasibility.

Route Assessment

Evaluation

Interns document and evaluate the current state of Bowman Creek where it is underground. The photo above shows the downstream end of the Riley Culvert.

Next Steps

The next steps for the Daylighting team includes continuing to work with school stakeholders to develop a comprehensive plan that appeals to all parties, calculate preliminary construction costs, and seek legal counsel on risk management and responsibility for maintenance.