In 2009 the Lake Hills Dam Removal project began construction by first dewatering the existing water body on the upper side of the existing earthen dam. Once the pond was drained, the stream inlet was then diverted into an emergency spillway to accommodate the normal flow regimes during the downstream channel construction. Once the new lower channel was completed and stabilized, the remaining upper 6,500 linear feet of in-stream channel construction began, bringing the final total of stream channel restoration to 7,000 linear feet. The pre-existing pond was also excavated to create cooler temperatures in the deeper areas for aquatic organisms. Around the newly shaped pond a walking trail and soccer field were created for the Lake Hills Home Owner Association to enjoy. Approximately 3 acres of streamside vernal pools and wetlands were also created for aquatic species rearing areas and storm water flood water storage areas.