DeCola Ponds B & C Improvement Project

Golden Valley

Project Number: BC-2,3,8

Project Status   |  Proposed

At their meeting on September 21, 2017, the Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission approved a proposal from the Commission Engineer (Barr Engineering) to perform a feasibility study for the project which will begin in October 2017 and continue through the winter. The feasibility study got underway last fall and will ultimately include conceptual designs of the flood mitigation and water quality improvement project, estimates of the amount of accumulated material to be dredged from DeCola Pond B, sediment disposal requirements, permitting requirements, and cost estimates for the project. In November 2017, a public open house was held to gather resident input about the area, answer questions and understand their concerns. A second public open house is scheduled for April 11, 2018, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. at Golden Valley City Hall.

Project Funding   |   Not Grant Funded

The majority of funding for this project, estimated at $1.6 million, is slated to come from a tax levied on the residents of the Bassett Creek Watershed by Hennepin County in 2019 and 2020.

Project Description

The proposed project will improve flood storage volumes within the project area, develop additional water quality treatment volume, and remove accumulated sediment that has collected in the north end of DeCola Pond B. The project will alleviate local flooding around Medicine Lake Road, and downstream at DeCola Ponds A, B, C and D, and will improve water quality downstream by trapping sediment in the ponds and expanded storage, thus minimizing sediment passing downstream to Bassett Creek. The proposed project will also improve ecology and wildlife habitat, enhance active and passive recreation opportunities, and provide educational opportunities.

Project Announcements

The public is invited to learn more about alternatives developed for improving the flood mitigation and water quality functions of DeCola Ponds B & C, and to offer ideas, ask questions, and voice concerns. April 11th, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Golden Valley City Hall, 7800 Golden Valley Rd. Questions? Contact BCWMC Administrator Laura Jester.

 Detailed project map

More Information

Flooding History, Photos, Project Overview - Displays from Nov 2017 Open House

Detailed Location Map - Map from Nov 2017 Open House

Letter to Residents - October 27, 2017

Letter to Residents - October 2, 2017

Addition to Feasibility Study Proposal - October 2017

Feasibility Study Proposal - September 2017

Medicine Lake Road and Winnetka Avenue Area Long Term Flood Mitigation Plan

City of Golden Valley Project Webpages - Flood Mitigation Plan and DeCola Ponds B and C Project