Mississippi River Shoreline Repair and Stabilization
The City of Champlin has started the repair of the Mississippi River shoreline between Mississippi Point Park and Steamboat Landing. The Mississippi River stream banks and storm water outfalls were damaged from torrential rains that impacted the much of Minnesota during the period between June 11, 2014 and July 11, 2014. These events caused severe weather conditions resulting in widespread flooding in which State rivers and streams crested near record levels. As a result of the rainfalls and flooding a major disaster was declared for impacted areas in Minnesota including Champlin.
The flood waters of the Mississippi River caused damage to two storm water outfalls to the Mississippi River (along East River Parkway). Also, damaged were the river banks at Stream Boat Landing and Mississippi River Point Park. After a rigorous review process, the City received partial funding from FEMA and from the MN Department of Public Safety. Later, the Minnesota legislature made Recover Funds available as part of the 2015 MN Special Session. This funding was made available through the Disaster Recovery Assistance Program that is administered through Hennepin County Environmental Services.
The City Council approved the plans and specifications for the Mississippi River Shoreline Stabilization, that identified 1,600 feet of the Mississippi River shoreline to be repaired and armored with rip rap. Also, the City will repair two storm water outfalls that were damaged. The City awarded the contract to low bidder Sun Ram Construction Inc. in the contact amount of $276,123.00. Sunram Construction has successfully completed similar stream bank restorations, including the City’s Elm Creek Stream Bank Restoration Project in 2012.
The project will include heavy equipment hauling materials on both Dowlin Street and East River Parkway. Also, much of the construction activity will be in the vicinity of Mississippi Point Park. The site preparation will require trees, undergrowth and deadfall be cleaned-up and removed from the shore and bluff line, along the river.