Despite the wet weather conditions, most of the groundwater and surface water measurement equipment has been installed and is functioning at Hiawatha Golf Course. Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) staff is working with its consultants, including Barr Engineering, to review options to expedite the installation of the remaining measurement equipment.
The MPRB is engaging Dr. Otto D.L. Strack as a peer review consultant to review Barr Engineering’s work once data is available for analysis. Dr. Strack is a professor of Civil and Geological Engineering at the University of Minnesota’s Civil Engineering Department and is an expert on ground water analysis and modeling of ground water flows. Dr. Strack’s review of investigations and conclusions is important to the MPRB because of the potential impacts to the golf course and surrounding private properties should pumping conditions change.
In October, the MPRB applied for a ground water appropriation permit from the Minnesota
Department of Natural Resources (MnDNR). Communications with the MnDNR are continuing to ensure all necessary information supporting the permit application is provided. When the MnDNR considers the permit application complete, the MPRB will be invoiced for the permit. However, the DNR has indicated it will wait for the results of the Barr work to fully review the permit application
Please see the full news release posted on the Hiawatha Golf Course Improvements project page for a detailed account of work being performed.