High Line Canal Stormwater Study 2022

The draft report from the Stormwater Study is available here. The draft report was presented to City Council at the Study Session on Sept. 20th for review. The final report will be presented to City Council for approval on December 14th, 2022 at 6:30pm at City Hall. 

For a summary of the study, please visit the project's StoryMap here

Background

In fall 2021, City Council  directed staff to seek further analysis of the High Line Canal Stormwater Master Plan (Master Plan) as it pertains directly to the three-mile segment of the Canal within the Village, as well as craft short and long-term strategies for capital improvements and annual maintenance of this segment of the High Line Canal. The Master Plan explores the analysis associated with utilizing the Canal for stormwater purposes but cannot be construed as acceptance or approval of the drainages analyzed or improvements recommended. The City desires to know what additional considerations are necessary to transition the City’s segment of the irrigation Canal to a stormwater channel and how to address certain considerations to accomplish that goal. 

Stormwater Capital Improvement and Operations Analysis

Icon Engineering, Inc. has been hired to complete the study in 2022 for a total cost of $59,000. The analysis will include modeling of High Line Canal areas beyond what was completed in the Master Plan to ensure safety, constructability, and ease of maintenance. Additionally, the City will receive a detailed cost model verifying the costs outlined in the Master Plan for the construction and maintenance of: (1) the proposed improvements; and (2) the entire High Line Canal conveyance channel, including the ditch and bank vegetation, within the municipal boundaries, as the City will become responsible for these costs if the stormwater improvements are constructed. Further, the analysis will give the City guidance on possible phasing and timing plans for the capital projects, based on prioritization determined during the analysis process.

Updates 

Icon Engineering is scheduled to attend the following public meetings to provide updates:

  • Parks, Trails, and Recreation Commission - Thurs., Sept. 8th at 5:30pm 
  • Planning & Zoning Commission - Tues., Sept. 13th at 5pm
  • City Council Study Session - Tues. Sept. 20th at 5:30pm 
  • City Council Regular Meeting - Tues. Oct. 18th at 6:30pm 


Photo of canal channel close to Hampden