Bluff Creek Bank and Habitat Restoration
Projects and Practices 2014
This project is expected to reduce the downstream delivery of sediment by approximately 20 tons and a phosphorus load reduction of approximately 20 pounds per year.
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
In 2002 and 2004, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency listed Bluff Creek for turbidity and biological integrity. A Total Maximum Daily Load report and implementation plan were finalized and approved in 2013. This project was identified as a high priority site for culvert restoration and bank repairs.
The culvert is currently roughly 8 feet above the creek, creating a disconnection where fish can no longer move upstream. The culvert is also showing signs of failure. In addition, the stream channel is incised and banks are severely eroded, thus contributing to sediment load to Bluff Creek.This project will allow the City of Chanhassen and the Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek Watershed District to restore the physical and biological integrity of Bluff Creek.