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Brush Creek
Stabilization Project

Prairie Village /
Mission Hills, Kansas

Client: The Larkin Group

This area along Brush Creek, Mission Road to Indian Lane, near the Prairie Village shopping center experiences flooding of roads and area churches. The Cities of Prairie Village and Mission Hills contracted with the Larkin/Terra Technologies team to address the issue of flood control on this Stormwater Management Advisory Council (SMAC) project. After it was determined that more traditional engineering approaches would dramatically disrupt the natural environment and adjacent properties, biotechnical engineering approaches were employed.

Numerous meetings were held with the City governments and residents who voiced their concerns about the impact on aesthetics and trees, as well as infringement on their backyards.  The team of civil, biological, and biotechnical engineers took into special consideration the concerns of residents and designed the improvements to avoid impacting trees and utilities.  The creek was widened only in a few places and the project affected as few residents as possible.

Many biotechnical design methods and features such as riffles, coir fiber rolls, biogabions, and geocellular walls were used to control stream grade and stabilize the creek banks with indigenous vegetation.

This project has been partially funded by the SMAC program and the engineer’s estimate of construction is $1.8 million.  Construction was completed in summer 2001.  

In September 2001, the Kansas City Metro Chapter of the APWA recognized this improvement as the Project of the Year.


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