16th Street Detention Basin/Audubon Waterfowl Overlook

Dubuque

16th Street Detention Basin/Audubon Waterfowl Overlook

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Following a devastating 1999 storm that flooded many homes in the Bee Branch Watershed, the City of Dubuque authorized an engineering study called the Drainage Basin Master Plan (DBMP) as part of its stormwater management. Completed in the fall of 2001, the DBMP determined that approximately 1,150 homes and businesses are at risk of flood damage during heavy rains.

The DBMP also recommended three projects to eliminate the risk of flood damage. These include:

*Carter Road Detention Basin. Completed in the spring of 2004 for $1,100,000;
*W. 32nd Street Detention Basin. Construction started in the summer of 2008 and will be complete by the spring of 2009 for $4,000,000.
*Bee Branch Creek Restoration Project which is split into 3 phases and is slated to be completed by 2013.

The 16th St Detention Basin is part of the Bee Branch Creek Restoration Project and is a place to watch ducks and other birds. There is still much work to be done, however, to clean up toxic sediments that have accumulated in the basin.

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