By BRAD GASKINS / Staff Writer

CALERA – A stream running through Timberline Golf Course is getting an environmental facelift.

Work began last week and is being funded through a $40,000 Alabama Department of Environmental Management 319(h) grant, and is part of the Buxahatchee Creek Watershed Restoration project, an ongoing effort for the last two years in north Chilton and south Shelby counties.

The unnamed stream “drains both sides of Highway 25 going east towards Columbiana,” said Glenn Littleton, coordinator for the Buxahatchee 319 project.

“We’re looking at reducing erosion in the channel, helping to prevent dirt from getting into the pond out here (at the golf course) and also protecting the banks to help prevent fertilizer from getting into the water,” said William McLemore of Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, which designed the stream project at Timberline.

Flood plains are being constructed in areas of the golf course that are out of bounds for play.

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