Jacques Whitford NAWE, Inc.
August 16, 2007
4444 Centerville Rd, Suite 140
Poplar River Management Board
White Bear Lake, MN 55127
Phone: 651-255-5050Fax: 651-255-5060
During the project, it was determined that a combination of surface runoff and streambank erosion have contributed the most to sediment transport into the river. Several alternatives wereanalyzed to stabilize the Mega Slump. These include:1.
Peak Flow Reduction4.
Peak Flow Diversion5.
Cut Back Top of Slope8.
Sub-Watershed Flow DiversionThe above causes and potential solutions were identified, evaluated, and recommendations for along-term solution were made.A Technical Advisory Committee and public meeting were held on January 30, 2007. Severalcomments and suggestions were made which will be incorporated into the final draft of thereport. Representatives from Cook County Soil and Water Board, Cook County, South St. LouisCounty SWCD, BWSR, US Forest Service, DNR Waters, DNR Fisheries, MLSCP, DNRForestry, NRRI, MPCA, private landowners, PRMB, Caribou Highlands, Lutsen Mountains,Jacques Whitford NAWE and others. A total of 58 people attended one or both of the meetings.
Based upon the information gathered during the site investigation, the background investigationof potential causes and the water quality monitoring data, it appears that the contribution of sediment to the Poplar River from the Mega Slump was due to a combination of conditions. Thispresented the need for the application of several corrective approaches. The primary focus of corrective action plan should be the base of the slope. The base of the slumping area needs tohave a solid foundation before any further corrective actions further up the slope are taken. Therecommendations start with the base of the slope, then the top of the slope and finally the mid-section.The recommended alternative includes a combination of stabilization Best ManagementPractices (BMPs) and involves breaking the slump down into three sections: top, middle, andbottom. The most critical portion of the slump for stabilization is the base. It is recommended tostabilize the base by moving the stream channel away from the base of the slump, constructing avegetated bench terrace and armoring the terrace with rip rap. The next priority was to divert thewatershed above the Mega Slump to prevent runoff water from a 7 acre area from dischargingonto the slump. Finally, it is recommended to wait for a 2-year period to see how the slumpreacts to these stabilization measures and then determine what approach, if any, needs be takento stabilize the mid section of the slump.