The parcel with the proposed basin is owned and maintained by the City of Woodbury. Regulations for water quality were used to determine the basin size and overall design.
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Preliminary Basin Locations identifies potential areas. From these areas, Markgrafs, Hudson/Woodbury NE, and Commerce where identified as the most suitable locations. The locations considered were based on criteria related to maintenance, ability to get water to the locations, design requirements and available area.
Basin Plans details the basin layout, landscaping, and examples of the proposed plants for this basin.
See Basin Plans for examples of the proposed plants.
The existing area is non-irrigated mowed turf and in dry years the turf ends up burning up, becoming yellow. The basin is proposed to have native plantings that are hardier with deeper roots that hold up to dry conditions much better. The native plantings also provide color and an opportunity to support wildlife. Providing support for wildlife and pollinators is an initiative of the City.
The Minnesota DNR Turtle poster contains information on Minnesota turtles and some ways to protect them. The reduction in mowing and pedestrian traffic as well as allowing the storm water run-off to infiltrate into the ground before entering Markgrafs Lake could all play into effect in protecting nearby turtles. The landscaping and basin will also help support other wildlife in the area as well.
The parcel is currently maintained by the City, and will continue to be in the future. The project has been developed through the City’s Capital Improvement Plan and adequate fund balance exists for the project as proposed.
The trail system through the area provides a lot of opportunities for biking, walking and running and is not proposed to be removed. Mowed strip turf buffer areas are proposed along the existing trails, on top of the proposed basin as well as mowed turf along the property line to the townhomes north of the proposed basin.
The project record is a combination of the plans, studies , design alternatives, comments and other items that relate to the project that help guide decisions and changes made by the project management team as the project progresses from preliminary to final design and into construction.