Floating to the Goal: Bee Branch Restoration Update

DUBUQUE, IA – After almost a decade of work, the Bee Branch Watershed Flood Mitigation Project is almost done.

Dubuque officials began the project in 2003 to improve conditions in the downtown area. Following surveys and studies into the possibility of altering the creek, official construction began in 2010. By “day-lighting” the creek, or replacing the previous storm sewer with an improved creek and floodplain, city engineers hoped to prevent water overflow and flooding, which has created many of the problems in the neighborhood for years. City engineers also replaced floodgates, increased the size of storm sewer pipes, and added other improvements to infrastructure in an effort to prevent future flooding.

This is important, according to City Engineer Deron Muerhing, as he listed off several specific hazards associated with flooding, “Cars can get stalled due to the high flows that come down Kaufmann Avenue, cars can float; you’ve got storm sewers that surcharge, and you have geysers, and just unsafe conditions…”

Even with work still in progress, City Council members say the Upper Bee Branch portion-which runs from Prescott Street to Garfield Avenue-will be complete in a few months.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new park created on either side of the creek is scheduled for July nineteenth. The walking spaces on the creek will be for public use and enjoyment.

However, there are still other elements of the project that need to be constructed. The finished mitigation area is expected to take another four years to complete. Officials believe they can finish this constructed by July 2021.

For more information about the Bee Branch project, please see the Bee Branch Home page at http://www.cityofdubuque.org/1812/Bee-Branch-Watershed-Flood-Mitigation-Pr.

Stay tuned for further updates after LCTV News Wednesday night.

April 27, 2017 – Nothing new this update. You can see the complete story at the LCTV News YouTube page: https://youtu.be/epoZ0WkvJz8.

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