2015 Semifinalist
City of Dubuque, IA
Innovations in American Government Awards

The Bee Branch Watershed Flood Mitigation project is a multi-phased, green infrastructure investment to mitigate flooding, improve water quality, stimulate development, and enhance quality of life. This 12-phase, $179 million project addresses the severe and frequent flash flooding experienced in the watershed. By engaging citizens in the creation of the final creek design, care was given to reduce how many structures were removed and to preserve neighborhood anchors such as local businesses, schools, and churches. Only 100 properties were voluntarily acquired and deconstructed. Creative reuse of salvaged material resulted in over 1,500 tons diverted from the landfill.