Stormwater Successes

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Water stream flowing out the underground tunnel

I am one of those people

who loves a good rainy day. I take it as nature’s way of telling me not to be active. Just stay in the house. No, Paul, don’t go for a run today. I plan on really coming down around noon. Driving to that café for a coffee and sandwich? Forget about it. You have lunchmeat in the fridge and a Keurig machine.

Rain is a good thing. But what happens when it isn’t?

What happens when a parking lot floods, and the stormwater overflows into a lake or elementary school? Wenck helps clients decide on, design, and implement stormwater management systems. We provide strategic regulatory advice and expert design for all types of stormwater solutions. Whether a client needs to reduce flooding, save money on a stormwater utility bill, achieve LEED certification, or take a lake off an impaired waters list, Wenck understands how strategic stormwater management can help achieve a multitude of goals.

Games Lake Drone Photo

Games Lake

is a popular destination park for camping, day-use, swimming and fishing near New London, Minnesota. When a nearby road reconstruction project required an additional entrance be implemented to the park, Kandiyohi County saw an opportunity. Why not develop a master plan to address drainage issues and overall park improvements? Wenck partnered with the County to complete the project in multiple phases, confident there would be no rework or wasted money with each progression made. Kandiyohi County, though not required by any permits to do so, wanted to be good environmental stewards. On an existing large, paved parking lot, Wenck designed and installed tree trenches to capture, infiltrate, and control runoff stormwater that would bring pollutants to the lake.

Tree Trenches

When students and staff of Atwater Elementary School

complained of flooding and stormwater rushing into the building if someone opened the doors after a rain event, something had to change. Wenck was contacted and found that the issue was with the asphalt courtyard. From there we got to work – designing a green infrastructure/stormwater demonstration project using permeable pavements and structural soils to intercept and infiltrate stormwater from the courtyard. A tree trench in the center of the courtyard provided stormwater storage and an area to plant an overstory tree and ornamental grasses to add nature and shade to an otherwise open asphalt playground.

Both projects

are great examples of how groups within a community can work together to resolve problems – improving water quality and quality of life – all at the same time.

To read my blog exclusively on permeable pavements, click here.

Wenck contact:

Lucius Jonett, Landscape Architect | Water Resources

ljonett@wenck.com | 763-479-4254

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