Minnehaha Creek FEMA Repairs
In coordination with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the City of Minneapolis, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) leveraged Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) money to repair nine flood damage sites along Minnehaha Creek in Minneapolis. These flood repair projects served as a precursor to and helped inform the MPRB’s Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Master Plan.
In 2014, the Twin Cities saw the wettest first half of the year on record since recordkeeping began in 1871, including over 11 inches of rain in June 2014. Coupled with a long winter and late snowmelt, this extreme precipitation led to a record flow on Minnehaha Creek and prolonged flooding throughout most of the spring and summer. In fall of 2014, MCWD completed a flood damage assessment of Minnehaha Creek. FEMA issued a statewide declaration of emergency which allowed MCWD to apply for and receive FEMA funding to repair flood damage along Minnehaha Creek.
November 2014 — Damages of record-breaking flooding assessed by MCWD
December 2015 — 2014 Flood Assessment Report Published
2017 — Partnership created between MCWD, FEMA, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
May 2018 — FEMA repairs design started
July 2018 — FEMA repairs design completed
January 2019 — Construction of the FEMA repairs started
January 2020 — Construction of the FEMA repairs completed
January 2020 – FEMA flood repair project completed
By the Numbers
of streambank repaired
trees & Shrubs
along minnehaha creek repaired
to minnehaha falls repaired
- Over 500 feet of streambank habitat restored
- Trees and shrubs planted along the creek
- Community garden installed
- Restored trails
- Restored creek access
The City of Minneapolis, MPRB, and MCWD signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 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 Minnehaha Creek.
The Minnehaha Creek FEMA Flood Repair Project was 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.
Project Cost: $215,000
Funding for the Minnehaha Creek FEMA Flood Repair Project was provided by FEMA and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.