Flood Control

The Chippewa Subdistrict was established in 1960 for the purpose of reducing flooding and periods of inundation.

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Flood Control

CHIPPEWA SUBDISTRICT

The Chippewa Subdistrict of the MWCD was established in 1960 to manage and maintain the Chippewa Flood Control Project for the purpose of reducing flooding and periods of inundation.

Our goal is to efficiently and effectively manage this flood control system while encouraging the wise use of our watershed and its natural resources.

The construction of the dams and modifications to Chippewa Creek and its tributaries through the Chippewa Watershed Project were funded through a federal program. Funding for the ongoing maintenance of the creek channel, flood control structures, banks and berms comes from an assessment of local land owners in the Chippewa Subdistrict.

For more information on assessments, click here.



What's New

CHIPPEWA DAMS

Each of our earthen dams has steel-reinforced concrete components that make up the Principal Spillway. The spillway runs continuously, and manages the water that moves from above the dam to below the dam, from the normal base flow to the largest storm event. To ensure these components are in good condition, they must be inspected. This year, Hubbard Valley Dam (Dam 3A) was inspected and mapped, using state-of-the-art laser scanning technology, to provide us the best picture of its current condition and provide a base map for future monitoring. We expect to extend this technology to each of our dams.



STRUCTURE REPLACEMENTS

When the Chippewa Channel was constructed in the 1970's, nearly 500 pipe structures were installed. These structures used corregated metal pipes which have exceeded their lifespan and are being systematically replaced with superior quality pipe. These new pipe structures are intended to last for many decades. In 2019, four pipe structures were replaced on Channel Reaches LC02, CC05, CC11.