Golf course upgrades meant to reduce pollution in Mississippi

January 02, 2019 05:58 PM

A new project is meant to keep polluted water out of the Mississippi River, and reduce flooding in Northeast Minneapolis and Columbia Heights. 

The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) has been awarded $800,000 from the Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources.

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The money comes from the state's Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

It will be used to makes changes at the Columbia Golf Course in Northeast Minneapolis. The improvements are expected to capture and treat stormwater from the 600 acres that drain to and through the golf course, protecting the nearby Mississippi River from polluted runoff.  

"A large portion of Northeast Minneapolis drains through the Columbia Golf Course, and this new green infrastructure will benefit the entire community," MWMO Executive Director Doug Snyder said. "The project will help protect the golf course and the surrounding neighborhoods from flooding, as well as reduce pollutant loading to the Mississippi River and improve habitat by adding native vegetation."


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The golf course improvements are part of a larger Northeast Stormwater Management Initiative, being led jointly by the MWMO, the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

The initiative will address local stormwater issues by changing the city's stormwater infrastructure and integrating new green infrastructure in portions of Northeast Minneapolis and Columbia Heights.

Construction on the golf course improvements is expected to begin in mid-2020. A lot of the work will be done in the offseason to create as little disruption for golfers as possible. 

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