The Foxes

Stream Restoration - May 2023

Scope of Work

This project consists of the stabilization of outfalls and stream banks to reduce erosion caused by uncontrolled runoff from upper headwater areas of the Mill Creek Watershed. 

This project will provide stabilization to the eroding streams in Mill Creek and protect adjacent properties from undermining due to erosion.

Additionally, this stream restoration will provide significant water quality benefits and contribute to meeting the County’s permit obligations for the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (CBTMDL) requirements.

Status of Project

The project will restore a stream below the Foxes and Graylin Woods subdivisions. These subdivisions were developed prior to modern stormwater management requirements and subsequently erosion in the two stream segments is significant. A Stormwater Local Assistance Fund (SLAF) grant application was submitted to the DEQ in February 2017. A 50% matching grant of $202,689 was awarded to James City County for the project. The site plan has been reviewed by all agencies and is ready for resubmittal. Easement acquisition was successful. Bids were received in July 2021 and the low bid was within budget. Resource Environmental Systems (RES) was awarded the contract in the amount of $370,785 at the October 2021 Board of Supervisors Business Meeting.

Construction began in early March 2022 and was substantially complete in May 2022. Woody plants were installed in November 2022. Live stake plantings should be installed in the appropriate timeframe around February 2023.


  • Bidding Phase - August 2021
  • Construction - March 2022-May 2022


  • Estimated Budget - $627,307
  • HGS, RES dba Angler (construction) - $375,910
  • Contract Amount and percent completed - $356,678   95%
  • Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc. - $98,030
  • Contract Amount and percent completed - $78,351 – 80%
  • Landtech Resources Inc. - $6,220
  • Contract Amount and percent completed - $6,220 – 100%


  • Design is complete 
  • Grant funding secured
  • Corps of Engineers approval granted
  • Easements acquired
  • Design and bid documents complete
  • Solicit bids for the work
  • Plan approval
  • Land Disturbing Permit approval
  • Contract Awarded
  • Construction complete
  • Woody Plants installed
  • Live stake installation is complete

Next Steps

  • One-year warranty inspection
  • Corps of Engineering Nationwide Permit 27 monitoring

Project Issues

  • The necessary work will need to be performed in an environmentally sensitive area.
  • Easements from private property owners will need to be acquired.