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Posted 3/16/2017

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Updated September 2017


Location/Description
The study area is the Six Mile Creek watershed, a twenty seven square mile watershed located in western Hennepin County, MN. The watershed contains abundant and interconnected lakes and wetland resources, an array of needed improvement strategies, wildlife corridors, and is anticipated to experience growth and development in the coming decades.

The study will use a collaborative approach among stakeholders to identify watershed needs and aquatic resource restoration and mitigation opportunities. The Corps will perform a watershed analysis using stakeholder input and evaluate the results of Minnehaha Creek Watershed District’s planning within the Six Mile Creek watershed to identify and prioritize restoration opportunities.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Planning Assistance to States (PAS) work requested by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (the Sponsor) will aim to evaluate aquatic ecosystem restoration and mitigation opportunities in the watershed and develop a watershed based analysis for the development of programmatic permitting efforts between Federal, state, and local agencies.

Status

A partnership agreement was executed between the Corps and the sponsor in April 2016. This PAS study will be a multi-year effort and will cost a total of $130,000. The sponsor will meet their cost share requirement through work-in-kind efforts. 

Major study efforts began in summer 2017. A stakeholder meeting to inform the analysis is being scheduled for fall 2017. The Corps expects to have preliminary study results in late 2017 or early 2018.


Authority
The study was authorized by Section 22 of the Water Resource Development Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-251), as amended. The study was conducted under the Corps PAS program, following the 50/50 cost share formula with the non-federal sponsor.

Fiscal
The following is a summary of the funds received for the Six Mile Creek Subwatershed Mitigation Planning Assessment:

Total study cost: $130,000
Total Federal funds allocated (to date):   $25,000

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