City of Greenfield, WI

The City of Greenfield struggled with storm events flooding Wildcat Creek to the point of frequent over-topping, structure flooding, and bank erosion. The community voiced concerns during public information meetings, driving the City to understand the extent of the flooding problems. Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. (R/M) were brought on board to assist with our professional engineering services to determine the flood risks and develop a more integrated storm water system.

To bring about the most comprehensive results, R/M worked with the City of Greenfield, the City of New Berlin, and Milwaukee County to run flood field surveys and site investigations to determine the breadth of the problem into the watershed. That data was utilized for a comprehensive floodplain model of those areas matched with an alternative analysis study, R/M created an informed multi-phase implementation plan for waterway improvements.

Improvements to Minimize Storm Water Impact

Our engineering team at R/M outlined multiple construction phases, including the development of box culverts, improvements to road drainage, construction of natural and hard armor shore protection, road widening and culvert extension, and the creation of flood walls including the following improvements:

  • Construction of a dual 8x5 foot RCB structure under Coldspring Road

  • Removal of dual 48-inch CMP culverts, road widening, and 10X6 foot RCB culvert extensions under Howard Avenue and 124th Street, and shoreline stabilization

  • Construction of an 8x6 foot RCB structure and road lowering on 112th Street

  • Installation of a backwater preventor in the STH 100 storm sewer outfall into the Root River

  • Construction of 350 feet of modular block floodwall

  • Installation of a geotextile wrapped soil lifts and integrated bank treatment for shoreline stabilization in Kulwicki Park, and native prairie channel buffer protection.

The project addressed bank erosion.

The project addressed bank erosion.

To improve the waterways specifically, our team focused on removal of debris and sediment blocking several structures, as well as creating natural landscaping around the Creek. Bank erosion was addressed using gabion baskets, integrated bank treatment and geotextile wrapped soil lift shoreline stabilization. The construction of a flood wall, public safety improvements, channel stabilization, and fish passage improvements all acted to minimalize the effects of future flooding and to improve habitat.

R/M helped the City of Greenfield obtain cost sharing dollars from the City of New Berlin, as well as grants from the Fund for Lake Michigan and the DNR River Protection Program.

The R/M team worked with the safety of the City’s community in mind, understanding that flooding caused hazards and that all efforts would work to limit or eliminate future dangers to the public while protecting the environment.