Honey Creek Stream Restoration

Posted By: Nicholas Connor ACEC WI News, Awards,

2024 Engineering Excellence State Finalist

Entering Firm: Ruekert & Mielke Inc.
Client: City of Greenfield

The City of Greenfield wanted to rejuvenate the Honey Creek stream, situated in Konkel Park. A feasibility study revealed significant impairments, including sediment accumulation and invasive species, causing backwater pooling and erosion. The primary goals were to resolve these issues, enhance urban biodiversity and community enjoyment.

Ruekert & Mielke’s work exceeded expectations. The team began with natural channel design principles that are rarely used in Wisconsin. This involved realignment of the stream to make it flow better through the environment. Increased sinuosity meant improved water transfer and retention within the stream’s basin. Now, the area holds an additional 1.3 million gallons of stormwater within its expanded six acres of floodplains. This natural design achieved an annual reduction of 415 pounds of phosphorus, which is a major water pollutant. The project also offers community members new opportunities to enjoy Konkel Park through an interpretive trail, nature access and an outdoor classroom.

Greenfield's Honey Creek Headwaters stands as a model for urban restoration, enhancing both ecological health and community engagement. The design team’s efforts ensured that the project goes above and beyond for the community and its residents.

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