Resilient Communities Project (RCP), University of Minnesota
This project was completed as part of the 2015-2016 Resilient Communities Project (rcp.umn.edu) partnership with Carver County. The Carver County Water Management Organization is investigating the feasibility of removing or restructuring a dam on the Crow River near downtown Watertown. The purpose of the removal/redesign is to improve the fishery in the river, reduce bank erosion, and potentially create an engineered whitewater recreation attraction to boost tourism in the area. The goal of this project was to assess the feasibility and potential impacts of removing the dam. Carver County project lead Paul Moline worked with a team of students in CEGE 8602: Stream Restoration Practice, to assess the potential impacts, benefits, and drawbacks of removing the dam. The students found that while removing the dam would decrease water elevation and impact flow velocity, it would also improve fish passage, better connect residents to the river, and provide safer recreation opportunities. The final report is available.
Report completed by students enrolled in CEGE 8602: Stream Restoration Practice, taught by Dr. Vaughn Voller and Chris Paola in fall 2015.
This project was supported by the Resilient Communities Project (RCP), a program at the University of Minnesota whose mission is to connect communities in Minnesota with U of MN faculty and students to advance local sustainability and resilience through collaborative, course-based projects. RCP is a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA). More information at http://www.rcp.umn.edu.
Blomstrand, Garrett; Tomasek, Abigail; Takbiri, Zeinab; Schumann, Jennifer; Tofelde, Stephanie; Schulte, Mark.
Watertown: New Directions in Building Connectivity Between People and Their River.
Resilient Communities Project (RCP), University of Minnesota.
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