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Glade Creek Water Quality Improvement Project
About Glade Creek
Roanoke Logperch
Roanoke Logperch
Glade Creek is an urban-type, coldwater stream located in the Blue Ridge geologic province of Virginia, within the counties of Roanoke and Botetourt with portions flowing through the City of Roanoke and the Town of Vinton. The Glade Creek Watershed encompasses over 21,000 acres and Glade Creek proper flows for about 12.5 miles starting in Botetourt County and emptying into Tinker Creek about 1 mile upstream from where Tinker Creek enters the Roanoke River.

Over 150 Roanoke Valley residents live right along the banks of Glade Creek and call it home, while over 20,000 Roanoke Valley residents live within the watershed. The stream is a popular fishery for trout, large and small mouth bass, and bluegill. It is home to numerous species of fish, including the Federally Endangered Roanoke Logperch (Percina rex). The Riparian area along its streambanks provide valuable habitat for wildlife including: birds, amphibians (frogs and salamanders), and mammals, including rabbits, squirrels and deer.

Bank Failure
Bank Failure in Glade Creek
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) listed Glade Creek and its receiving waters as impaired for various pollutants including bacteria, nutrients, PCBs, temperature, and dissolved oxygen. Poor water quality affects everyone in the Roanoke Valley. Failing stream banks, nutrient loading, and high quantities of bacteria lead to a loss of in-stream habitat and, ultimately, a decline in fish populations. Failing stream banks lead to a loss of streamside real estate and riparian habitat for wildlife. By contrast, a healthy stream enhances property values, provides recreation, protects fisheries, and can reduce the amount of money localities must spend on stabilization efforts and storm water management.

Roanoke County is Working to Protect Glade Creek in Vinyard Park
Stakeholder Meeting
Glade Creek Stakeholder Meeting
Roanoke County has partnered with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to develop a plan to restore and enhance Glade Creek through Vinyard Park. Phase I of the project was paid for in part by a DCR Water Quality Impact Fund (WQIF) Grant awarded to Roanoke County. Goals of Phase I included baseline water quality data collection, identifying restoration/conservation constraints, contacting stakeholders for input, developing strategies and alternatives for water quality improvement, and choosing a conceptual design that best achieved the restoration goals. The proposed conceptual design includes: enhanced riparian buffers, a limited mow buffer, stabilizing failing stream banks, reconnecting a portion of the floodplain in the park, and the installation of in-stream structures to protect banks and create habitat for fish and invertebrates. The County is currently exploring opportunities for future grant funding to implement these practices to improve water quality in the Glade Creek Watershed.

What Can You Do at Home?
Now Mow Buffer
"No Mow Buffer" on Catawba Creek
If you live near a stream, the single best thing you can do is to create your own backyard buffer or ‘No Mow’ zone. Healthy stream bank vegetation is the key to maintaining a healthy stream system. The roots of trees and shrubs hold the soil in place and provide habitat to both terrestrial and aquatic wildlife. Even an un-mowed strip of ten feet next to the stream can provide significant root mass for protecting stream banks, in addition to providing filtration from non-point source pollution.

For more information regarding the Glade Creek Water Quality Improvement Project, please contact the Roanoke County Department of Community Development or the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism.