Nov 9 Open House Will Provide Information About DeCola Ponds Improvement Project
The City of Golden Valley and the Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission (BCWMC) are hosting an open house Thursday, Nov 9, 5-7:30 pm, to provide information about the DeCola Ponds B and C Improvement Project Feasibility Study. The event will be in the City Hall Council Chambers, 7800 Golden Valley Rd.
The purpose of the open house is to share information and gather input from citizens to help identify concerns and assist in developing concept plans for a future project.
The areas around DeCola Ponds B and C (see map) are being considered for expansion of flood storage to help alleviate a flooding problem within the watershed. A comprehensive flood mitigation plan was approved by the Cities of Golden Valley, New Hope, and Crystal in 2016.
While the expansion of flood storage will involve excavation and tree removal within Pennsylvania Woods, a goal of the study is to protect and preserve the high quality hardwood trees. Other project goals include:
- reducing flood damages to nearby homes and businesses
- improving public safety by reducing flooding on Medicine Lake Rd
- improving water quality
- diversifying and enhancing wetland and upland vegetation and wildlife habitat
- addressing issues in the park, including invasive species (buckthorn), bank erosion, volunteer tree growth, and dead trees and branches that contribute to recurring blockage of pond outlets
- improving park user experience, including recreation and educational opportunities
The DeCola Ponds B and C Improvement Project is identified in the BCWMC capital improvement program. Construction is scheduled for 2019 and 2020; however, before the project can be considered for construction, the study is being completed to better understand and evaluate the conditions, costs, and potential concept alternatives.