Beaver Creek Watershed Improvements Project, City of Ogden Sponsored Project

The Ogden Sponsored project is underway and scheduled to be complete on-time and under-budget.  The project includes the construction of a stormwater wetland currently being installed at the City’s wastewater treatment plant site. The wetland encompasses 2.7 acre-ft of storage, a forebay, micro pools, high and low marsh areas, staged outlet structures and native plants to improve water quality.  The quality of the stormwater runoff is improved by removing sediment and nutrients from mostly urban areas runoff prior to discharging to East Beaver Creek, a tributary of Beaver Creek.

From June 2016 to June 2017, FOX wastewater engineers designed improvements at the existing wastewater treatment plant.   The improvements included a new headworks for preliminary treatment and a new activated sludge plant designed for biological nutrient removal (nitrogen and phosphorus).   The secondary treatment capacity was increased from 1.0 to 2.0 MGD.  Construction of this project began in Spring 2018 and was completed in January 2020.

The wastewater project was partially paid for through an SRF wastewater loan. This made it possible for the City to apply for Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) Sponsored Project funding.  The program is directed at funding watershed-based projects that improve water quality.  A utility can borrow for both the wastewater improvement project and up to 10% of the wastewater loan for the sponsored project.  Due to an overall loan interest rate reduction, two water quality projects can be completed for the price of one.

In March of 2016, a sponsored project application was submitted.  The City of Ogden was notified in April of 2017 that the application was recommended to be awarded in the amount of $480,900.

The sponsored project application process included FOX engineers coordinating with project technical partners from the NRCS, Polk Soil & Water Conservation District, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and City staff.  This team developed project water quality goals, reviewed possible project locations, and completed a watershed assessment. 

FOX Engineering began the concept design phase for the project in August of 2018.  The city selected a stormwater wetland to collect the runoff from the highly urbanized areas of downtown and would treat the stormwater prior to discharge into the East Beaver Creek.  The wetland project was chosen from multiple concepts presented in the sponsored project application due to its ability to remove nutrients, sediments, and to construct the project on City owned property.   Approximately 14 acres of mostly urban drainage area was able to be diverted to the stormwater wetland.

In addition to the sponsored project funding, FOX Engineering submitted two applications to the Water Quality Initiative (WQI) grant program.  This program was developed as part of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (NRS) to improve water quality.  Urban practices capture stormwater and allow it to be better absorbed into the ground to prevent nutrients and sediment from entering local water sources.  The city was notified in April of 2019 that they received approval for WQI grant funding in the amount of $100,000.  The total funding that FOX Engineering was able to acquire for the city from the sponsored project and WQI includes a total of $580,900.

In January of 2020, the contract was awarded to J.B. Holland Construction Inc, of Decorah, Iowa, in the amount of $474,842.10.  The contractor has nearly completed construction with a goal of final completion set for July 31, 2020.

Project Manager:  Steven Soupir, P.E., CFM

Project Engineer:  Jessica Fisher, P.E.

CAD Technician: Steve Stacy

FOX Engineering is an environmental engineering firm based in Ames, Iowa. We specialize in water and wastewater solutions for our diverse municipal and industrial clients. Our work varies in size and scope and can be found throughout the Midwest and beyond.