City of Dubuque’s Upper Bee Branch Creek Restoration Project Wins APWA Iowa Chapter Project of the Year Award
The City of Dubuque, Iowa, was selected as the recipient of the American Public Works Association (APWA) Iowa Chapter Project of the Year in the Disaster or Emergency Construction/Repair Category, Greater than $2.5M.
About the Project:
To accommodate rapid urbanization in the early 1900s, the historic Bee Branch Creek was enclosed within a storm sewer trunk line that had inadequate capacity resulting in severe flooding of more than 1,100 residential and commercial properties. Strand Associates, Inc.® designed the removal of the storm sewer and opening up of the Bee Branch Creek channel and linear park network, while providing adequate stormwater capacity needed for the City.
The design included an extension of the regional Heritage Trail, pedestrian boardwalks, information/educational kiosks, overlooks, an amphitheater, community orchard, benches, lighting, and the use of native vegetation. Because of fluctuating levels of the Mississippi River, streambank stabilization was vital to the design. Sustainable water quality improvements were incorporated, including the installation of pervious roadway and parking stalls, hydrodynamic stormwater separators, bio-infiltration basins, and floating treatment islands.
According to APWA, the Disaster or Emergency Construction/Repair project is to include the techniques and timing for safety, community relations, environmental protection, adverse conditions, and additional considerations.