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MSDGC Queen City & Cora Avenue Stream/Storm Sewer Separation


Queen City & Cora Avenue Sewer Separation Project

Cincinnati, Ohio
This sewer separation project is part of MSDGC’s Project Groundwork program
Pre-construction view of the upper reach
Log checks were installed for grade control, photographed three-months post construction
View of rock drop vanes within a channel restoration reach, photographed six months post-construction

Coldwater completed the stream channel design and environmental permitting for this sewer separation project located in the Lick Run watershed. The project was developed with the objective to remove stormwater inflow from the combined sewer system, reduce downstream CSO discharge volume, and restore a portion of the Lick Run stream channel system.

The Lick Run watershed is typical for Cincinnati; many of MSDGC’s larger sewer lines were constructed in stream channels, and inlets were installed along those pipes to route stormwater runoff into the combined sewer system. The design for this CSO mitigation project involved the removal of those inlets, restoring the historic channel to accommodate increased streamflows and improve its ecological function, and creating stormwater management areas to reduce peak flows and improve water quality.

The project team performed an alternatives analysis and prepared cost estimates for both gray and green infrastructure alternatives. This included an evaluation of geotechnical information, pipe condition, existing and proposed hydrology and hydraulics, existing/proposed stream channel characteristics, water quality benefits, and permitting issues. Coldwater performed biological assessments in support of this project, including site characterization, threatened and endangered species habitat evaluations, wetland delineations, and GPS/GIS mapping of environmentally sensitive areas. Coldwater was responsible for the design of 2,400 feet of stream channel improvements, which incorporated natural channel design features including riffle/pool complexes, log checks, rock drop vanes, native plantings for aesthetics and wildlife habitat, and a re-connection of the channel to its natural floodplain. Coldwater also prepared the 404 permit application materials for coverage under Nationwide Permits 12, 27, and 43. Following project authorization, Coldwater assisted Arcadis with stream construction oversight and post construction monitoring. Construction was completed in 2019.


Stream Restoration
Natural Channel Design
In-Stream Grade Control
Biological Assessments

Native Planting Plans
Environmental Permitting
Construction Oversight