Construction Duration: December 2023 - February 2024
The City has been working to restore the Elm Creek stream bank and provide native habitat improvements. The final phase of the project includes 2,500 lineal feet of stream and extends the restoration of Elm Creek from the Elm Creek Crossing bridge upstream (west) to Hayden Lake. Stream bank improvement work began in December 2023 and includes restoration of the riparian areas of the creek through February 2024. Native planting buffers will be constructed to filter sediment and nutrients from directly running into the creek. Elm Creek is an impaired waterway, and projects like this one incorporate improvements to habitat, water quality, and flood control. This project opens opportunities to improve public recreation like kayaking and fishing. Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).
Trail Closure: December 2023 - February 2024
Work is underway on the final phase of the Elm Creek stream restoration and residents can expect a minor trail closure from the Elm Creek Bridge to West Hayden Lake Road until mid-February.
December 2023 Update
Crews completed 300' of clearing and grubbing on the final phase of the restoration project. They've also installed 200' of toe-wood to help armor the creek bank and help stop erosion.
February 2024 Update
The contractor is almost finished with the 5th and final phase of the Elm Creek Stream Restoration Project. Work includes construction of features, such as the toe wood, that will protect the stream long term from erosion as well as enhance habitat in the area. Upon completion of this final phase, the City will have restored the entire 2.7 mile stretch of Elm Creek through Champlin! This is an accomplishment that has spanned many years (2012-2024). It will provide opportunities to improve public recreation like kayaking and fishing.