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EVERETT – The City of Everett has selected Rodarte Construction for a project that will create two new detention ponds on Legion Memorial Golf Course to help reduce stormwater flooding in north Everett. Construction is expected to begin in March and be completed by October 2018.
“Partnering with Legion Golf Course on this project is a win-win for all concerned,” said Paul Kaftanski, interim public works director. “Not only does the Legion Memorial Golf Course pond network offer a logical and cost effective opportunity for stormwater detention – the work will also enhance the playability of the golf course, improve player safety and pace-of-play, and it will add an attractive new pond amenity and improve three golf holes.”
The Legion Golf Course stormwater detention project is designed to reduce or eliminate basement and surface flooding by collecting, treating and storing storm runoff from city streets and alleys, from a portion of Everett Community College, and from the golf course itself. The project will also help the environment by reducing combined sewer overflows into the Snohomish River. Stormwater detained at the golf course will be discharged to the Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF) for further treatment, although future improvements will harvest the runoff for irrigation use on the course.
This month the City will seek competitive bids for the North Wetmore Stormwater Separation Project, which will create a separate stormwater collection network in the adjacent neighborhood to bring stormwater to the golf course. Construction is planned for this year.
Following storms in 2010 and 2013 that caused flooding to hundreds of north Everett homes, City engineers developed a plan to eliminate chronic basement flooding and Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) discharges.
Using golf courses to deal with stormwater has become a common practice; approximately 20 percent of the country’s 17,000 golf courses are used for stormwater/water quality treatment.
The City Council approved Rodarte Construction of Auburn, Wash., as the lowest qualified bidder for the detention pond project. For more information about this final piece of the City’s plan to minimize North Everett basement flooding, visit www.everettwa.gov/LegionStormwaterProject.