Study approved for Whiskey Creek water quality project
BAXTER — Whiskey Creek, the tributary collecting stormwater runoff from the Highway 371 Baxter commercial district, is the target of a feasibility study.
The Baxter City Council previously discussed options to treat stormwater and reduce negative effects on its streams, particularly Whiskey Creek, before it flows into the Mississippi River.
The creek can be seen as it flows along Excelsior Road on the former golf course property. The study, by Minneapolis-based HDR Engineering, is not to exceed $14,993. Once completed, the study will be used to apply for a Clean Water Fund grant in the fall. The study will look at a water quality stormwater pond system north of Excelsior Road between Golf Course Drive and Cypress drives on the former golf course.
A previous study indicated 5 acres would be required for the water quality stormwater pond with an ability to handle a water quality volume of 310,000 cubic feet.
Council member Jim Klein noted Brainerd has a discharge pipe coming into Baxter in the Northland Arboretum and asked if Brainerd would be kicking in money for the feasibility study.
Trevor Walter, Baxter public works director, said Brainerd’s drainage pipe is about a half-mile downstream and isn’t related to the study area.
A priority has been to clean up the commercial district drainage from Highway 210 and from both sides of Highway 371. All that water then flows to the former golf course now owned by Good Samaritan.
Walter said focusing on this spot of Whiskey Creek doesn’t resolve every water quality concern for the stream but represents one large specific concern that can be fixed.
“This is the one spot we can take care of,” Walter said noting it’s a majority of the problem but not the end of fixing the discharges into Whiskey Creek.