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Dance Hall Creek Integrated Natural Resource Master Plan and BMP Analysis

Balancing land use changes with feasible water-quality improvements

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  • Hennepin County, Greenfield, Minnesota

    Hennepin County, Greenfield, Minnesota

Creating a vision for land use development, natural resource restoration, and water-quality improvements

Located within Greenfield, Minnesota, Dance Hall Creek is within a watershed identified as a "hot-spot" for contributing nutrients to Sarah Lake. Combining this finding with land use development changes, the area was in a prime position to integrate residential development with water-quality and natural resource improvement recommendations.

Hennepin County contracted our team to work with City, watershed, and private landowner input to prepare a 300-acre integrated natural resources plan and best management practice (BMP) analysis. The goals were to reduce phosphorus entering Sarah Lake, restore and conserve critical natural resources, vegetation, and hydrologic character, and encourage development patterns that balance City economic goals, consumer preferences, and natural resource conservation and restoration.

Our team performed field assessments, developed a study area master plan, conceptual site diagrams, feasible water-quality improvement BMPs prioritized based on pollutant reduction potential and a cost benefit analysis. Our work sets the stage for future design and implementation measures that will have natural area amenity and environmental benefits for the community.

At a Glance

  • Hennepin County
City of Greenfield
Pioneer-Sarah Creek Watershed Management Commission
Meet Our Team

Sarah Harding, Senior Landscape Architect

I love developing solutions that bring out the best in ourselves and the best in our communities. Great things happen when we come together.

Erik Megow, Associate, Water Resources Engineer

I love working within our community to enhance habitats, recreational activities, and water quality using a variety of water resources.
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John Shardlow, Senior Principal

On any project, my greatest satisfaction comes from creating value for my clients and improving the lives of people by the work I do.

Diane Spector, Senior Associate, Senior Environmental Planner

I help clients solve problems and implement creative solutions that ultimately make the world we live in a better, cleaner, greener place.
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Sarah Harding

Senior Landscape Architect

Erik Megow

Associate, Water Resources Engineer

John Shardlow

Senior Principal

Diane Spector

Senior Associate, Senior Environmental Planner

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