The Power of Water A History of Preservation

The beauty of the property has been created over the eons by water.  One small creek meanders through the center of the property and a larger creek forms the northern border of the property.  Both of these creeks have been responsible for shaping the property into its rolling terrain which exists today, but if the water was allowed to continue unabated, it would  continue to reshape the land into something entirely different.  The professional solution implemented to solve this potential problem includes erosion barriers, property wide drainage, subterranean French drainage, floodgates and ground water control,

   SMALL CREEK 1987

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SMALL CREEK 1989

 

    
Hint of potential future problems.


The small meandering creek has given life to many of the large natural trees which are so much a part of the beauty of the property.  The small creek empties into the Stonebriar Creek which was named by the Stonebriar Creek Estates developer many years ago.  Subsequently, a multitude of residential and commercial developments such as Stonebriar Country Club, Stonebriar Mall, Stonebriar Park, etc. all adopted the "Stonebriar" name.


STONEBRIAR CREEK ESTATES BOUNDARIES

Originally, Stonebriar Creek Estates was created for Dallas residents to have a weekend country getaway where they could ride and raise horses.  Little did the original developers dream that this subdivision would end up in the center of the thriving North Dallas Metroplex. 


Small Creek after heavy rains

 


What was taking place before the property was protected.
 


 


Small creek empties into Stonebriar Creek

Underground storm drains enable the the small creek to have a sub surface means of emptying into Stonebriar Creek.


Install sub surface drainage

 

Floodgates above the storm drain automatically open from the force of the surface water when extremely heavy rains produce more water than the storm drain can carry.
 


Single floodgate which can be locked
when not in use

 


Series of floodgates for extra precaution

The small creek (below) now has a solid stone faced foundation at its bottom and sides.  Since completion, in the early 1990 erosion has ceased to exist.


SMALL CREEK December, 2006

 

Stonebriar Creek has demonstrated its ability to change from an almost dry creek to what would better be described as a rolling river.  Unless properly protected, the combined strength of the surface water and sub surface currents destroys the creek banks, the fencing along the creek, the surface soil, and 100 year old trees.  The carnage is then carried away downstream.  The solution, both from an aesthetic and engineering standpoint, is called a gabion structure.


Normal, almost dry level, of Stonebriar Creek


Stonebriar Creek becomes
Stonebriar River

Gabion structures both absorb and repel the force of the water currents.  Although railroad ties can be used for soil retention where water force is not a problem, gabion structures are a must where the power of the water is strong, particularly around the curves of the creek where centrifugal force increases the already powerful water currents.

A single gabion is a wire mesh cubic box about 18 inches in each dimension.  Each gabion is filled on site with rock, is wired closed and then is wired to another gabion.  The gabions can be constructed to fit whatever size and shape is required.  The finished structures create an erosion barrier that competes with the granite river bank sides running through the Rocky Mountains.


Corner of a single gabion

These photos show details of a single gabion, two gabions wired together, and and some of the gabion structures currently in place.


Two connected gabions sit above another gabion structure created below them.

 


Multi Level Connected Gabions

 

GABION STRUCTURES READY FOR ACTION

The finished gabion structures, shown in the video below, handle the water as needed, sometimes even as a curved wall.  Railroad ties remain adequate to retain the soil where appropriate.  Since construction in the early 1990s, it does not appear that even one gabion has been move or eroded.  Each gabion basket remains as full of rocks today as when it was built.  The structure protects itself from internal erosion.  This video was taken in December, 2006.

 

THE ALTERNATIVE

Directly across the Creek from our gabion structures, this unprotected property has lost many  irreplaceable large old trees and a much greater number of small and medium size trees.  As the bank continues to erode, the size of the property continues to shrink.   


December, 2006
In contrast the property across Stonebriar Creek has and will continue to suffer surface and sub-surface deterioration until the proper protection is put place.