REVITALIZE 100-YEAR-OLD ST. PAUL’S DOWNTOWN BOAT HARBOR

by Barbara Haake | Mar 29, 2013
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Summary:

On the river’s edge of St. Paul is a one of a kind “downtown” boat harbor located at Harriet Island, the “jewel” in the city’s park system.

No other small boat harbor along the length of the Mississippi faces and is part of a vital city such as St. Paul. It is among the premier harbors along this legendary waterway.

With its 100-year history and 200-slip configuration, it is a vibrant urban boat harbor that needs to be preserved. The City of St. Paul, recognizing the Mississippi River as a major asset, has spent $14 million on Harriet Island Park and funded studies on how to connect more people with the river.

But there is a mutual, major concern for the city and the harbor at this point in history. Silting, annual flooding and reduced federal funding are on the verge of overwhelming both entities’ abilities to afford dredging to ensure continued harbor access.

The Minnesota Idea Open competition could provide a solution.

With this program and a public/private partnership, there is an opportunity to better manage periodic flood conditions in the City as well as recover “silted in” boat slips in the harbor. Because of significant silting from upstream, this section of the river in downtown St. Paul is filling in at an extraordinarily fast rate.

The harbor is losing slips and the city is investing to repair and mitigate spring flood damage at Harriet Island, the Public Dock, Shepard Road and adjacent areas.

Flooding is caused by the lack of water storage areas as it moves downriver in the downtown area. Depth sounding reports/studies from the DNR and Corps of Engineers indicate that silting and flooding will only increase in the future.
Minnesota Idea Open’s funds would be used to increase the flood water storage in the area of the Public Dock, Harriet Island, boat harbor docks and Raspberry Island.

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REVITALIZE 100-YEAR-OLD ST. PAUL’S DOWNTOWN BOAT HARBOR

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

On the river’s edge of St. Paul is a one of a kind “downtown” boat harbor located at Harriet Island, the “jewel” in the city’s park system.
No other small boat harbor along the length of the Mississippi faces and is part of a vital city such as St. Paul. It is among the premier harbors along this legendary waterway.
With its 100-year history and 200-slip configuration, it is a vibrant urban boat harbor that needs to be preserved. The City of St. Paul, recognizing the Mississippi River as a major asset, has spent $14 million on Harriet Island Park and funded studies on how to connect more people with the river.
But there is a mutual, major concern for the city and the harbor at this point in history. Silting, annual flooding and reduced federal funding are on the verge of overwhelming both entities’ abilities to afford dredging to ensure continued harbor access.
The Minnesota Idea Open competition could provide a solution.
With this program and a public/private partnership, there is an opportunity to better manage periodic flood conditions in the City as well as recover “silted in” boat slips in the harbor. Because of significant silting from upstream, this section of the river in downtown St. Paul is filling in at an extraordinarily fast rate.
The harbor is losing slips and the city is investing to repair and mitigate spring flood damage at Harriet Island, the Public Dock, Shepard Road and adjacent areas.
Flooding is caused by the lack of water storage areas as it moves downriver in the downtown area. Depth sounding reports/studies from the DNR and Corps of Engineers indicate that silting and flooding will only increase in the future.
Minnesota Idea Open’s funds would be used to increase the flood water storage in the area of the Public Dock, Harriet Island, boat harbor docks and Raspberry Island.

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Preserve the recreational and cultural resource that is the small boat harbor and create new opportunities for residents and visitors to experience the river with a water taxi service.
First: Design a dredge project to increase flood water storage to mitigate the impact of spring and sometime summer flooding in St. Paul, upriver properties, Holman Field as well as the rest of Pool 2 of the river.
Second: Hire dredging company to establish new depth baseline. Purchase a small dredging machine operated by the boat harbor, which would provide maintenance dredging for ongoing protection.
Third: Boat harbor operators purchase and operate a water taxi to connect, Lowertown, the new Saints ballpark, Harriet Island and other locations in the immediate St. Paul downtown area.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Any plans the City may have involving the river will be affected by silting and flooding issues. The City Dock is impacted as are other stakeholders. A plan to provide ongoing maintenance and relief will create a foundation that will encourage river-related investment by assuring that a plan exists to ease the effects of flooding each spring.

We stand with the City to improve river enjoyment/opportunities for the public at Harriet Island, its park, its boat harbor and help mitigate future flooding conditions in St. Paul and providing a water taxi as an additional platform for introducing more people to our wonderful Mississippi River.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Creating the capability for ongoing maintenance dredging will assure that the 100-year-old small boat harbor will retain its slips for another 100 years. Additionally, providing a water taxi experience similar to San Antonio, Miami or Chicago will enable more people to connect between Harriet Island and downtown.

hadiyah143 hadiyah143 said: I will really be thankful to reach that age. It means that you have witnessed so many things then. - YOR Health about this Competition Entry. - 2591 days ago read more >

Barbara Haake submitted this idea. - 2849 days ago