Project Number: WST-2
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 began in October 2017 and will continue through the winter. The feasibility study will develop and evaluate multiple alternatives for improving stormwater management in conjunction with the overall Westwood Hills Nature Center reconstruction project. The feasibility study will include wetland delineations, soil testing, topographic survey, tree survey, cultural resources and endangered species reviews.
The majority of funding for this water quality improvement project, estimated at $300,000, is slated to come from a tax levied on the residents of the Bassett Creek Watershed by Hennepin County in 2019.
The Westwood Lake Water Quality Improvement Project is part of a much larger project at the Westwood Hills Nature Center (WHNC), a 160-acre park located in St. Louis Park. WHNC is in the planning phase of a complete reconstruction of its facilities in 2019. A master plan for the reconstruction project was completed in May 2016 for the City of St. Louis Park. The proposed improvements in the master plan include trail circulation and wayfinding, additional parking, expanded outdoor classroom area and water garden, expanded natural play and outdoor education area, improved canoe and kayak launch, interpretive features, and new interpretive center building. As part of this project, the City of St. Louis Park is proposing to construct additional water quality improvements to treat stormwater runoff that would otherwise flow untreated to Westwood Lake. The improvements may include pervious pavers or other best management practices at the parking lot or trails, improvements to the existing stormwater pond, or vegetation management. This BCWMC project would go towards the portions of the water quality improvements that go “above and beyond” the BCWMC requirements for the WHNC project.
Public input on the proposed project will be gathered during the feasibility study phase in late 2017 or early 2018. Please contact BCWMC Administrator, Laura Jester, to be added to a project mailing list at email@example.com.
Feasibility Study Proposal (Approved Sept 2017)