Repair projects underway on Minnehaha Creek

January 23, 2019 05:39 PM

Minnehaha Creek is still recovering from flooding in 2014.

But recovery efforts are now getting a helping hand from the Minnehaha Watershed District.


In all, 10 locations on Minnehaha Creek in Minneapolis are being repaired as part of a project funded by a $250,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Administration.

Repairs to the first of seven areas of the creek below Minnehaha Falls that were damaged by historic flooding in 2014 began in December and are expected to be completed later this spring. 

"So they're physically rebuilding lifts two or three lifts at a time to actually bring the stream bank back up and stabilize it," said Tiffany Schaufler, who works with the Minnehaha Watershed District.

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Minnehaha Creek is 22 miles long and runs from Gray's Bay Dam at Lake Minnetonka to Minnehaha Falls, passing through five communities: Minnetonka, Hopkins, St. Louis Park, Edina and Minneapolis.

Because of the flooding bank erosion, culvert failure was common. To fix the problem, the district tried native restoration techniques first.

They're now adding to that approach as a preventative measure.

"And then we'll come back in the spring and actually revegetate and plant trees and shrubs to really help stabilize and get some roots growing," Schaufler said. 

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