Project Number: BC-5
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 continued through the winter. The feasibility study was completed and approved at the January 17, 2019 Commission meeting. At that meeting, the Commission took action to pursue Concept #3 in the study and to pursue county funding to further investigate soil contamination in the area and work to secure commitments from MnDOT on the maintenance of Penn Pond just upstream of the project area.
After no comments were received during a public hearing on this project on September 19, 2019, the BCWMC officially ordered this project by resolution (see "more information").
Much of the funding for this water quality improvement project is slated to come from a tax levied on the residents of the Bassett Creek Watershed by Hennepin County in 2020 and 2021. A $400,000 Clean Water Fund grant from the MN Board of Water and Soil Resources will also partially fund this project. Estimated total project costs including study, design, construction, and administration is up to $912,000.
This project will treat stormwater runoff from residential areas that currently flow untreated into Bassett Creek. The project will be implemented within Bryn Mawr Meadows Park and will be designed and constructed in conjunction with the Minneapolis Park and Rec Board's master planning process for this area. The project includes diverting runoff from a 45.1-acre residential area west of the park and low flows from MnDOT’s Penn Pond discharge into new stormwater ponds within the park for a total phosphorus reduction of 30 pounds per year. The project is slated for design in 2021 and construction in 2022.