Minnehaha Creek, Minnesota
The Minnehaha Creek is a ditched, straightened, and incised system that is largely detached from its floodplain. Since 2003, Inter-Fluve has worked closely with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and partners to restore and renaturalize the system. Efforts have included two geomorphic assessments (2003 and 2012) from the mouth of the creek at the Mississippi River to Grays Bay at Lake Minnetonka and its tributaries. We’ve since completed the design and construction oversight on several bank stabilization, habitat enhancement, riparian restoration, natural channel restoration, dam removal, recreational access design, and wetland restoration projects.
Because Minnehaha Creek runs through populated urban and suburban areas, the projects have heavily focused on connecting people to the creek by integrating new boardwalks, trails, water access sites, and recreational facilities into projects. We are also currently helping develop a Master Plan for the 5-mile Parkway Regional Trail led by a collaboration between the Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board, City of Minneapolis and Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.