Bassett Creek Main Stem Erosion Repair Project: Cedar Lake Road to Dupont Avenue North/ 2nd Avenue North, plus Fruen Mill Area


Project Number: 2017CR-M

Project Status   |  Active

In April 2016, the Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission (BCWMC) completed a feasibility of stabilizing streambanks at a number of locations within the reaches noted above. The BCWMC held a public hearing regarding this proposed project on September 15, 2016. Hearing no concerns from the public, the BCWMC officially ordered the project, certified the cost of the project to Hennepin County for funding, and entered an agreement with the City of Minneapolis to design and construct the project. The project is being designed by Barr Engineering, on behalf of the City of Minneapolis. The 50% design plans were presented to the BCWMC at its August 17, 2017 meeting and were approved (see below for 50% plans document). A public open house is planned for September 19, 2017 (see project announcements). 90% plans are expected to be presented at the September 21, 2017 BCWMC meeting. The project is expected to be constructed in the winter 2017 - 2018.

Project Funding   |   Grant Funded

The estimated cost of this project is $932,000, which will be funded over two years by the BCWMC's ad valorem tax levy via Hennepin County. $400,000 of the project cost is slated to be funded by the 2017 ad valorem tax levy and the balance to be funded by the 2018 ad valorem tax levy. Hennepin County provided funding to develop a Response Action Plan (RAP) for the project. The BCWMC received $150,300 in grant funds from Hennepin County to help with the cost of properly disposing of contaminated sediments.

Project Description

The BCWMC, in cooperation with the City of Minneapolis, will stabilize the streambanks to reduce erosion along Bassett Creek near the Fruen Mill and from Cedar Lake Road to the entrances of both the new and old tunnels at Dupont Avenue North and 2nd Avenue North, respectively.

The goals for the restoration in this area are:

  • Stabilizing the streambanks;
  • Reducing streambank erosion to reduce the amount of sediment and pollutants entering the stream and flowing downstream into the Mississippi River; and,
  • Improving stream habitat for fish and other aquatic life

A feasibility study for the project was completed in 2016 in order to:

  • Evaluate site conditions;
  • Gather input from stakeholders; and
  • Assess options for stabilization/restoration techniques in each area.

Techniques that are being assessed for use in this area include:

  • Planting of vegetation such as willows and grasses to stabilize streambanks;
  • Installation of boulders to stabilize streambanks; and,
  • Other techniques.

Construction of the project is slated for 2017 and may include temporary access roads into the project area, heavy equipment working along the stream to perform excavation and grading, and some tree or brush removal.

Take a virtual tour of the project area near Fruen Mill! Click "play" above. Photos and text provided by Upper School photography and science students from The Blake School in Minneapolis.

Project Announcements

90% design plans will be reviewed and considered for approval at the October 19, 2017 BCWMC meeting.

 Detailed project map

More Information

90% Design Plans (October 2017)

50% Design Plans (August 2017)

Final Feasibility Report (no appendices) - April 2016

Appendix A 2015 Erosion Site Photos

Appendix B MPRB 2005 Erosion Site Inventory

Appendix C Bassett Creek Valley Master Plan Exhibits

Appendix D Phase I Environmental Site Assessment

Appendix E Phase II Investigation Report

Appendix F Cultural and Historical Resources

Appendix G Wetland Delineation

Appendix H Stream Stabilization Technique Examples

Appendix I Detailed Alternative Assessments

Appendix J Detailed Alternative Cost Estimates

Feasibility Study: Study Scope and Budget

BCWMC Resolution Ordering Project: Resolution 15-04 (August 20, 2015)

Contact: BCWMC Administrator Laura Jester at laura.jester@keystonewaters.com or 952-270-1990.