Marsh Water Project

Marsh Water Project

Marsh Ditch is a private drainage system west of the City of Glencoe. It provides drainage for more than 6 square miles of agricultural and urban lands before outletting into Buffalo Creek (an impaired water). Because the drainage system is not publicly maintained, it has degraded into a state of disrepair, resulting in flooding and a decreased drainage function. A lack of storage along the system combined with increased pollutant concentrations in the contributing runoff has led to increasing pollutant discharges to Buffalo Creek. The City of Glencoe petitioned for a repair project to correct these issues.

The Buffalo Creek Watershed District (BCWD) contracted Houston Engineering, Inc. (HEI) to complete a study of alternatives for the repair of Marsh Ditch and construction of best management practices (BMPs) along this private drainage system to promote improved water quality.  Final plans included a large stormwater wetland, culvert replacement, ditch maintenance, buffer establishment, and stormsewer repairs.  Construction began in May of 2017 and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2018.


Project Partners:


Seneca Foods

City of Glencoe

06.01.17 Culvert Replacement 11.14.17 Excavation of stormwater wetland11.29.17 Installation of stormwater wetland water control structure 11.29.17 Stabilization upstream of stormsewer inlet