Reduced flooding and improved water quality are the goals of the Cedar River Watershed District as they continue work on their nearly $9 million, 25-project Capital Improvement Plan, which started in 2016. KAUS spoke with Justin Hanson, CRWD Administrator who stated that Phase 1 of the plan is wrapping up…
Hanson went on to state that Phase 2 will be focused on the south branch of Dobbins Creek….
Nearly $2 million in projects were planned for construction this summer to slow and treat stormwater from more than 1,200 acres of mostly farmland in the Dobbins Creek headwaters of Mower County. The overall goal of CIP is to reduce flooding by 8 percent at the Cedar River-Dobbins Creek confluence in southeast Austin.
In 2018, CRWD built five CIP projects in the North Dobbins headwaters of Dexter Township, including Dobbins 1, one of the largest CIP projects planned that consists of two berms for treating stormwater from about 810 acres, west of Dexter. CIP projects are funded by a $3.2 million grant from The Hormel Foundation with nearly another $4 million thus far in funding from state grants and state bonding. Up to $1 million from a CRWD local project levy is available, if needed.
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