Engineers Plan Erosion Control on Shingle, Bass Creeks
A grant made possible by the Board of Soil and Water Resources and the Single Creek Watershed Commission will fund a creek bank stabilization project on Bass Creek and Shingle Creek.
“Between these two stretches that we’re doing, we’re losing approximately 50 tons of sediment a year,” said Mitch Robinson, Brooklyn Park’s water resources engineer.
Engineers plan to mitigate the erosion by planting grasses and plants among rip rap to be installed. Another technique will utilize root wads. This is a process of pulling up whole trees and placing their root structures in the creek along the banks to change water flow patterns. Engineers say these efforts will help keep dirt from washing downstream.
“From the banks, being washed away through storms and other events. That sediment eventually makes its way to the river and downstream further,” said Robinson.
There’s a nearly $400,000 price tag for this project, which will be paid for by a grant from the Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources. The Shingle Creek Watershed Commission will also be working on the creek bank stabilization project.
Bass Creek flows into Shingle Creek and will be worked on from Cherokee Drive to I-94/694. Shingle Creek will be mitigated from Regent Avenue to Brooklyn Boulevard. The work is scheduled to begin in late fall and extend into early next winter.