2015 Bassett Creek Restoration Project

Bassett Creek restoration work for 2015 continues to address erosion and sedimentation issues that contribute to diminished water quality. This project will stabilize the stream banks along Bassett Creek from Rhode Island Ave just north of 10th Ave and extending north to Duluth St.

Location

  • 9,500 feet of Bassett Creek from Rhode Island Ave just north of 10th Ave to Duluth St (see map)

Project Purpose

The restoration project matches into the 2012 Creek Restoration project at the upstream and downstream ends and will stabilize eroding stream banks and repair deteriorating storm sewer pipe outlets, resulting in property protection and improved water quality in Bassett Creek and downstream waters. According to the feasibility report, an estimated 60 to 100 pounds of phosphorus and 140,000 to 200,000 pounds of sediment will be removed annually as a result of this project. It will also preserve natural aesthetics, enhance habitat, and prevent future erosion.

Partners

  • Funded by the Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission (BCWMC) as part of its Capital Improvement Program
  • Will be constructed by the City of Golden Valley

Public Participation Process

The City and its consultant, WSB & Associates, Inc, developed plans using input from businesses and residents with property adjacent to the project area. Public participation and engagement included:

  • Project updates and informational letters to residents
  • On-site meetings with property owners
  • BCWMC public hearings on June 19, 2014 and Oct 16, 2014
  • Project open houses at City Hall April 24, 2014 and Jan 8, 2015

Construction Schedule

Phase 1: Slope shaping, stabilization of stream banks, and repair of storm sewers ( November 2015 - June 2016).

Phase 2: Establishment of native vegetation and plantings along the stream (beginning in spring/summer 2016 following Phase 1 work, with ongoing establishment and management through 2018). Additional information regarding Phase 2 will be provided in early spring 2016.

St Croix Park and the trail along the creek are closed to the public during construction. It is anticipated the park and trail will reopen in the early summer once final grading is completed.

Construction Status (as of May 4, 2016 -- see map)

Area A: Rhode Island Ave N to Pennsylvania Ave N
Initial stream bank stabilization work is complete. Contractor will return in spring to touch up and final grade.

Area B: East side of Golden Valley Golf & Country Club to Hampshire Ave N
Initial stream bank stabilization work is complete. Contractor will return in spring to touch up and final grade.

Area C1: Hampshire Ave to Florida Ave
Initial stream bank stabilization work is complete. Contractor will return in spring to touch up and final grade.

Area C2: Florida Ave to Douglas Dr
Initial stream bank stabilization work is complete. Contractor will return in spring to touch up and final grade.

Area C3: Douglas Dr to Canadian Pacific (CP) Railroad Bridge
Initial stream bank stabilization work is complete. Contractor will return in spring to touch up and final grade.

Areas D1 and D2: CP Railroad Bridge to St Croix Ave N
Initial stream bank stabilization work is complete. Contractor will return in spring to touch up and final grade.

Area E: St Croix Ave N to Duluth St
Most of the initial stream bank stabilization work is complete. Contractor is returning May 5 to relocate portions of the trail and perform touch-up and final grading. This work should last about two weeks. As a reminder, St. Croix Park and the trail along the creek are closed to the public during construction. It is anticipated the park and trail will reopen in the early summer once final grading is completed.

Phase 2 Construction - Native Vegetation Establishment
The contract for Phase 2 of the project was awarded to Applied Ecological Services (AES) in April. AES is expected to begin work in May with soil preparations before seeding and planting. Staff will be preparing a letter to residents to explain the native vegetation work and what to expect. If you have any questions regarding the vegetation portion of the project contact Tom Hoffman at THoffman@goldenvalleymn.gov.

Questions?

Contact Eric Eckman or 763-593-8084.