5.8 Capital Improvement Program

Capital projects in the Minnehaha Creek subwatershed include stream restoration projects to repair erosion and improve habitat as noted in the Minnehaha Creek Steam Assessment; and projects to maintain existing infrastructure and improvements.

These projects and others identified below will progress the District toward achieving its various goals for the subwatershed. This program is not a comprehensive list of all capital needs or potential projects within the subwatershed, and is limited by available financial resources and staff capacity to manage projects. These priority projects are intended to:

  • Progress improvements to water quality as identified in the TMDLs for the lake in the subwatershed.? Stabilize, restore and improve biotic integrity reaches of Minnehaha Creek as identified in the Minnehaha Creek Stream Assessment.
  • Mitigate the impacts of development on downstream resources.

These proposed projects emphasize the achievement of multiple objectives. For example, stream restoration would not only stabilize streambanks and prevent further erosion, it would provide an opportunity to improve in-stream and buffer habitat, conserve existing high-value resources, and reduce sediment and nutrient transport downstream.