Monday, January 28, 2013

Traver Creek Project Update #8

The excavation of Traver Creek through the golf course as well as the excavation of the arrowood drain are complete. These areas have been seeded with a native plant mixture and covered with straw mulch blankets. The crossings have been fabricated and are usable. Rough grading of most of the spoil pils on the golf course is complete. There are three major piles that still need rough grading, the berm along Traver Road, the hill between #18 tee and #10 fairway as well as the hill to the west of #14 tee.

All of the spoil piles need final grading as well as seeding of the turfgrass varieties. Sod will be laid along #11 fairway, #10 tee and fairway as well as any area where haul roads crossed fairways. Some of these areas include #14, #16, #13 and possibly #18.

Golf Course staff are looking at finalizing plans for tree replacement. There are over 100 trees that are budgeted to be planted after the ground thaws.

One other major assignment will be the repair and replacement of damaged irrigation pipe and heads that either needed to be moved or were damaged during construction.

Most of this work cannot be acomplished during sub-freezing weather, so the construction crew will be taking some time off and will be back in a couple of weeks.

Here are some photos of Traver Creek about to crest above the "low flow channel" and into the "high flow channel." This allows the water to signifcantly slow down and deposit sediment that it has picked up before finally making it to the Huron River.

Near #12 green.

From #13 tee. #10 tee is the large mound of soil to the right of the creek.

Looking from the bridge near #13 tee toward the practice green.

The convergance of the new arrowood drain and Traver Creek.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Traver Creek Project Update #7

After taking some time off at the end of the year, progress has been steady on the Traver Creek project. Unfortunately, snow has fallen and pictures do not come out well in snowy conditions.

Here are some.

On the bridge between #12 green and #13 tee, looking toward #11 green.

Same bridge, looking toward the practice green.

#13 tee.

New crossing over the Arrowood drain, looking toward #11 fairway.

Same crossing, looking back toward #11 tee.

Wetland between #11 green and #12 green after seeding. Taken from the bridge near #12 tee.

Same view,  looking toward #13 tee.

This video was taken from #13 tee. It shows three excavators working on the creek and wetland.

Monday, January 7, 2013

December and 2012 Yearly Weather Summary

December 2012 had a high temperature of 61.5 degrees on the 4th. The lowest temperature recorded was 8.5 degrees(Dec 28th.) The average temperature was 35.5. December had 5 days which did not get above freezing. There were 19 days where the low temperature for the day was below 32 degrees.

There was 2.16 inches of rain during the moth. The highest daily rainfall was 1.00 inches (Dec 20th.) Twelve days had more than a trace of rain, while 5 days had at least a tenth of an inch.

The highest windspeed recorded was 37.0 mph (Dec 21st.) The average windspeed was 3.6 mph.

For the entire year of 2012, Leslie Park received 21.35 inches of rain. The maximum daily rain for the year was 1.18 inches on August 10th. For comparison, 2011 had nearly 42 inches of rain with 3 rain events of over 2 inches.

The highest temperature for 2012 was 100.6 on July 6th.  The lowest temperature recorded was 0.6 degrees on January 6th.

The highest sustained windspeed recorded was 37 mph on three separate occasions: March 3rd, April 16th and December 21st.