CRWD ready to start its biggest water-quality project

After big rains, stormwater-detention site could be larger than Austin’s East Side Lake

Yellow dots show where Cedar River Watershed District will build two water-detention structures (known as Dobbins 1) in Red Rock and Dexter townships in the uplands of Dobbins Creek’s north branch, which is highly prone to flash flooding. Austin is lower left; blue lines are Dobbins’ watershed boundaries.
Cody Fox, CRWD project manager
Blue-shaded areas show the maximum capacity for water storage — about 250 acre-feet of water — by the future Dobbins 1 water-detention structures planned for construction this year by CRWD in Red Rock and Dexter townships.
Pre-project — Stormwater flow at Dobbins 1
Post-project — Stormwater flow projection for Dobbins 1 with similar rainfall
State Rep. Jeanne Poppe and Sen. Dan Sparks join CRWD staff and board members in spring 2017 near North Dobbins Creek at the first completed CIP project site in Red Rock Township..
Drone image showing one of three CIP ravine-stabilization berms built in fall 2017 by CRWD along the Cedar River in Austin Township.

Formed in 2007, CRWD works to reduce flooding and improve water quality on the Cedar River State Water Trail and its tributaries in southern Minnesota.

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