Green Bay weighing options to fix flooding along East River Trail

Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 9:54 PM CST
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Water and mud plague multiple spots along the East River Trail caused by flooding. It’s even hindering use of nearby parks.

“I’d like to see this open again as soon as possible,” said Alder, Bill Galvin.

Galvin is one of many users of the trail and is working with city staff to find funding to possibly fix the flooding.

“We’re even discussing could this become designated as a state trail, because then there’s trail money that could be available,” said Galvin.

Staff identified seven problem areas just on its section of the trail. The high priority spots include the trail behind the Riverside Ballroom, spots in Joannes Park, and near the Optimist Park baseball fields. The cost to study and fix all the areas is steep.

“It’s around $1,950,500 approximately,” said James Andersen, recreation superintendent for the city. “That’s including the additional survey work and floodway studies, the engineer to design the storm water management, the trail engineering, the permitting and the potential wetland mitigation, as well as the construction costs.”

He says staff has also looked at just fixing parts of the trail.

“There’s a lot of complexity; would we be solving one problem, but creating more problems down the road. It’s not always predictable what’s going to happen with mother nature,” said Andersen.

The trail runs through four other municipalities, and Andersen says two are on board with collaborating to fix the issues.

“Right now we’re hopefully organizing a meeting in December with area municipalities and hopefully Brown County as well to sit down and collaborate, discuss and strategize which agencies would need to be involved,” said Andersen.

Alder Galvin says it’s a good first step and hopes the city can at least do some studies while they weigh funding options.

“I’m not looking to break the piggy bank to do that either, it has to be smart and well thought out,” said Galvin.

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