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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 5:26 pm | Updated: 11:07 pm, Tue Feb 4, 2014.

Bridgewater Township, in partnership with the city of Northfield and Carleton College, recently received a $50,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to address the notorious flooding issues of Spring Creek.

“The money will be used in part to study the watershed area, and the rest will be used to implement the study’s findings,” said Glen Castore, chair of Bridgewater’s Board of Supervisors and co-author of the grant proposal. The study will look at flooding, erosion, water quality and more.

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  • Ofsilence posted at 10:21 am on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    Ofsilence Posts: 560

    Steakholder - this grant largely comes from Bridgewater Township, city of Northfield, Dundas, and some other surrounding townships coming to terms with all the recent flooding that's been happening and how to address the concerns. The townships dont have the money to fund expensive "studies" and engineering projects and up until recently - the city of Northfield refused to work with their surrounding community partners (dundas and the townships) on a way to try and fix all the flooding issues. Because of that July 2013 extreme rain event - it seems as if Northfield has taken a turn for the better. I know that Bridgewater Township was heavily involved with the grant and maybe Zweifel piggybacked on at the tail end - that part I dont know about.

    There's one major flooding problem in the Fox Avenue area that involves the City of Northfield, Dundas, and Bridgewater Township. Essentially, there's a group of houses that are located in Bridgewater Township that are getting dumped on with godloads of stormwater runoff from a variety of areas that are located in Northfield (a school that does not have proper drainage), Dundas (a stormwater overflow pond that was not developed correctly), some drainage ditches that were poorly designed by Rice County, and some abandoned corn fields with steep downflows.

    If it means anything - this grant is going to be able to help a lot of regular people trying to save their houses and property from what I think is negligence on the building codes and designs of some Dundas and Northfield properties.

    Plus, a lot of the "flood issues" with Spring Creek revolve around the fact that so many agricultural fields drain into it at a high velocity during heavy water events which produces erosion and lots of sediment displacement which ends up in the creek and furthers pollutes it. So many fields right now are being used to produce corn because of how the government has meddled in this market to produce highly profitable bumper crops.

    I hope this provides some background for you. I dont know much about Zwiefel's involvement in this but I do know that this study is being used to help real people who are essentially getting their houses and properties destroyed by irresponsible agricultural practices and by local inactive governments dragging their feet (including Northfield) and not doing what's right to fix this very fixable problem.

    The storm in July 2013 really opened up some eyes in Northfield because a lot of residents in Northfield received property damage that could have been avoided if Northfield would have realized they were part of the problem.

  • steakholder posted at 10:47 am on Sat, Jan 25, 2014.

    steakholder Posts: 1370

    Just a crazy thought. I hadn't noticed initially that Erica Zweifel wrote this grant. I see she wrote it in cooperation with Glen Castore, essentially the head executive of Bridgewater Township.

    On the one hand, I think it's good for us to cooperate with other entitities.

    Just wondering....was this ever brought up or discussed at a city council meeting?

    Is there any issue with one of our elected and paid representatives going off and doing work for another government entity? What happens if it turns out the city of Northfield and Bridgewater township have some conflict of interest, over this study, or some other issue, related or not?

    Where do Ms Zweifel's loyalties lie? With the city of Northfield, or with Bridgewater Township?

    Just wondering


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