In late November, the MPRB’s consultant installed monitoring devices at several locations on the golf course property to collect data related to groundwater conditions and to aid in measuring volumes of water pumped from the property into Lake Hiawatha. However, almost immediately upon installation of those devices Minneapolis experienced an unusual amount of rain, making the collection of truly representative data related to groundwater and stormwater data difficult.
The MPRB’s consultant is using the data collected and “normalizing” it using historical records for rainfall and flows in Minnehaha Creek. Having sound data is critical in the calibration of groundwater and stormwater models that will demonstrate a range of scenarios with the pumps on or off.
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