Together with the City of Saint Paul, CRWD completed a Sustainable Stormwater Management Study to explore potential outcomes for stormwater infrastructure on the Ford site. The study lays the groundwork for future stormwater infrastructure, with one of the goals being to better protect Hidden Falls Creek. This innovative approach draws from the City’s adopted Great River Passage plan, which outlines transformation of the Ford site by featuring a stormwater-based amenity for the community that reconnects the community to parks and the Mississippi River.
The study illustrates a way to re-create the historic origin of the creek while also collecting and treating stormwater runoff for the entire site. This comprehensive approach eliminates the need for individual underground treatment systems scattered across the site. This method – called shared, stacked green infrastructure – will double the benefit-to-cost ratio and reduce the overall cost of managing stormwater on the Ford site by as much as 40 percent per acre treated, ultimately allowing for the land to be developed with greater efficiency and flexibility.
Read the Sustainable Stormwater Management Study for the Ford Site