Customer wants me to line a creek

Gordons Landscape

LawnSite Member
Location
olathe, KS
Customer wants me to line a creek with natural stone that they provide. First they want me to clean it out with a bobcat. Then they want me to line it with natural stone. Anyone ever due this before? What do I charge? What problems will I run into? Thanks in advance!!
 

Grassmechanic

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
S.E. Michigan
How big is the creek? Is it considered a "navigable waterway"? Has an "Environmental Impact Study" been completed? Where are the spoils going to be disposed of? Like the others said, you'll need permits from EPA, local Drain Commission, possibly U.S. Dept Corps of Engineers, and your state Ag Dept.
 
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Gordons Landscape

LawnSite Member
Location
olathe, KS
Its a creek in back of there yard its very small it goes into a Water ski lake that 12 or so houses use. Will this be a problem? After I deal with govt. agencys what other problems can I expect. Thanks,
Dan
 

daveyo

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
N.J.
Don't touch the creek, you will interfere with groundwater recharge and drainage. the creek is definitely helping drain the area, if it doesn't function properly your going to be responsible.

Daveyo
 

Grassmechanic

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
S.E. Michigan
Originally posted by Gordons Landscape
Its a creek in back of there yard its very small it goes into a Water ski lake that 12 or so houses use. Will this be a problem? After I deal with govt. agencys what other problems can I expect. Thanks,
Dan
Is the lake privately owned? There may be riparian rights that will come into play. Why does the homeowner want this done? He'll never get the permits if it's for aesthetics only. My guess is that he won't spend the money or time to pursue the necessary permit processes. Messing with bodies of water ALWAYS upsets nearby landowners. And MDIrrigation is right - it can take up to 2 years to get the permits.
 

ksss

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Rigby, Idaho
Once you've taken the proper precautions and presuming you can do the work. You may want to use a mini excavator instead of skid steer. Spring in KS in has to be muddy and you will for sure make a mess with a skid steer even a tracked one. I would get a miniex with a clean out bucket (larger bucket with smooth lip no digging teeth) clean the bank and add the river rock. If your good on an excavator you could dump the rock close with a skid steer and lay them in with the excavator if not place by hand.
 

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