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Minnehaha Creek FEMA Repairs

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The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board of Managers voted to order this project at their regularly scheduled meeting on April 26, 2018. The project will move into design mode. An anticipated timeline is provided below.

About this project: 

Erosion along Minnehaha Creek streambank

In 2014, the Twin Cities saw the wettest first half of the year since modern day record keeping began in 1871. Coupled with a long winter and late snowmelt, this extreme precipitation led to record water levels and more than $1 million worth of damage along the six main streams in the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD). For 83 consecutive days, Gray’s Bay Dam was unable to control water levels on Lake Minnetonka or Minnehaha Creek because of the high water levels. On June 23, 2014, Lake Minnetonka reached a record elevation of 931.11 feet above sea level, more than seven inches higher than the previous record, and Minnehaha Creek achieved a record flow of 889 cubic feet per second. Watch a video about the 2014 floods.

In the fall of 2014, MCWD completed a report that assessed flood damage on the District’s six major creeks, which was included in an application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for funding assistance for creek repairs. MCWD received approximately $511,000 from FEMA for streambank repair along Minnehaha Creek within the City of Minneapolis.

MCWD works to ensure that the built and natural environments in balance create thriving communities, improve water quality and flood resilience, and enhance ecological integrity. MCWD shares the responsibility for improving the environmental quality within the Minnehaha Creek subwatershed in Minneapolis with the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB), and all three agencies recognize the benefit of working in close partnership. The three agencies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in early 2017 to coordinate and leverage investments in a way that would achieve the goals of the three agencies, including repairing erosion caused by flood damage, improving water quality in Minnehaha Creek, and improving public access to the creek, while minimizing disruptions for the public.

The work to be done as part of the FEMA repairs along Minnehaha Creek (see map below) is being coordinated with the City of Minneapolis’ Southwest Harriet Flood Study, the MPRB's Southwest Service Area Master Plan, and the MPRB’s Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan.

Map of Planned FEMA Repairs:

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May – June 2018: Design of FEMA repairs

July 2018: Solicit bids for completing FEMA repairs

August 2018: Select contractor to complete FEMA repairs

September 2018 – June 2019: Implement FEMA repairs


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