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Repaired flood damage site on Minnehaha CreekIn 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 erosion 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.

The erosion caused by flooding in 2014 had devastating effects on Minnehaha Creek. The eroded soil added nutrients to the creek, destroyed critical wildlife habitat, and impacted public enjoyment of the creek. As part of MCWD’s assessment of the flood damage in the watershed, an application was...

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