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City Council Work Session
Meeting Date: 02/12/2019  
Subject:    Discuss JPAs for CCWD Middle Sand Creek Restoration and Iron Enhanced Sand Filter Projects
Submitted For: Mark Hansen From: Sarah Greene, Administrative Assistant II

Staff will provide information to Council on draft Joint Powers Agreements (JPAs) for two Coon Creek Watershed District (CCWD) projects planned to take place in Coon Rapids in 2019.
The CCWD is currently working on plans for the Middle Sand Creek Corridor Restoration and the Woodcrest Creek Iron Enhanced Sand Filter projects.  A Joint Powers Agreement between the City and CCWD will be required for each project to move forward. Both projects are planned to be constructed in 2019, with design and construction administration handled by CCWD staff. 

The Middle Sand Creek Corridor Restoration project will take place from the BNSF railroad single track to the pedestrian bridge crossing at Kumquat Street NW.  This project will reduce erosion and improve aquatic habitat in this section of Sand Creek.  The project will include selective vegetation and tree removals, and will be similar to the work CCWD performed in 2018 along Sand Creek from Xeon Boulevard to the BNSF railroad single track.  There is no direct cost to the City for this project; funding will be provided from the CCWD and an EPA grant and the CCWD will continue to be responsible for the long term operation and maintenance of Sand Creek.

The Woodcrest Creek Iron Enhanced Sand Filter project will take place adjacent to a portion of Woodcrest Creek that runs through Woodcrest Park.  The project is within an existing City pond located on the west side of Woodcrest Drive.  The goal of the project is to reduce total phosphorus and E. coli loading into Woodcrest Creek, which ultimately drains to Coon Creek (an MPCA impaired stream).  The City's contribution to this project is proposed to be $217,000, which was included in the 2019 storm water drainage fund budget.  Other funding for this project will be provided by the CCWD and Clean Water Funds.  The total cost is estimated to be $889,000.  The City will be responsible for the long term operation and maintenance of the Iron Enhanced Sand Filter, with the CCWD responsible for performance monitoring and data collection for the project.
Staff will be seeking Council feedback and questions on the proposed projects and their associated Joint Powers Agreements.  If Council is in agreement with moving forward on these projects, staff will recommend approval of both JPAs at the February 19 regular Council meeting.

Middle Sand Creek Corridor Restoration JPA
Middle Sand Creek Corridor Restoration Draft Plans
Woodcrest Creek Iron Enhanced Sand Filter JPA

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