Connections II Stream Restoration
This project in the cities of Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center is restoring 1,750 linear feet of Shingle Creek, which will reduce sediment and phosphorus pollution originating from this stretch of stream by 75-80%. The improved reach runs from Regent/73rd Avenues North downstream to Brooklyn Boulevard. Construction started in January 2022 and most of the work except for final site planting should be complete by March 2022.
This work is funded by a $328,000 grant from the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment administered by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, and by the Shingle Creek Watershed Management Commission.
Stream segments upstream and downstream of this reach have previously been improved. Completing this segment will result in an almost 2.5-mile-long continuous corridor of restored urban stream.
A view of the stream prior to restoration. Note the eroded stream banks, the "leaners" and poorly-rooted trees on the edge of the Creek. Those trees are at risk of being uprooted in future storms, further eroding the streambank. Selective tree thinning will allow sunlight to penetrate the dense canopy, allowing long-rooted grasses and other native vegetation to thrive and stabilize the banks. In Spring 2022, following construction, the banks will be seeded with a variety of native plants, forming a protective buffer and enhancing habitat for insects, birds, and pollinators.