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District, engineers and Y share cost of erosion fix

All the earthmoving done to make way for River Crest Elementary School brought about some unforeseen consequences in the area of a ravine at Camp St. Croix along County F.

Heavy rains last summer during construction on the new school and on County F caused erosion in the area, specifically along a ravine on the west side of the road on Camp St. Croix property. The cost to repair the damage is an estimated $12,000.

According to Hudson School Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten, the engineers on the project, Stevens Engineering of Hudson, have designed a plan to manage the water flow in the area to reduce any future erosion. The work to repair the damage already done has been going on throughout fall and is expected to be completed in the next few weeks if weather allows.

The cost of the repair work is being shared by the school district, Stevens Engineering and the YMCA of Greater St. Paul, which operates Camp St. Croix. According to the superintendent, the estimated cost of the repairs includes a discount from Belisle Excavating, which was the excavation company on the River Crest project. The school district and Stevens will each pay 40 percent of the cost with the YMCA picking up the remaining 20 percent up to the estimate amount.

St. Croix County will address any roadway erosion leading to the ravine.

The superintendent said the parties involved worked together to address the problem and found a solution together.

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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