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Indian Creek Flooding

at Indian Trails Golf Course, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Project Description

Indian Creek, a tributary to Plaster Creek flows through Indian Trails Golf Course. During rainfall events, the 1000 acre watershed, consisting of mostly impervious surfaces collects rainfall and send it into Indian Creek. With large quantities of water, and peaking flows the stream often floods and erodes the banks of the golf course. This flooding leaves debris and sediment deposits on the greens making the course looking sub-par. This sediment also causes problems further downstream in Plaster Creek.

The goal of our project is to reduce the flooding and erosion occurring at the Indian Trails Golf course, but by doing so, also improve conditions downstream in Plaster Creek.

The proposed plan is to create a bioswale at the south end of the creek to reduce flows and peak discharge. And to perform stream restoration on the north end of the stream, to slow flows and mitigate erosion.

 

 

 

The stream leaves the site through an 48-inch box culvert underneath 28th street. This decrease in channel width causes problems with storm debris as shown. 

Pre-Rainfall

During Rainfall

Post-Rainfall