City trying experiment with storm water runoff

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Cedar Rapids City Council members gave the “go-ahead” to an experiment aimed at better controlling water runoff after heavy rain on Tuesday.

The city of Cedar Rapids plans to construction a bioreactor cell field on this small strip of land at Wilson Avenue and 6th Street S.W.

The city plans to build a “bioretention” cell on a strip of land next to Wilson Avenue and 6th Street S.W. When finished, the idea is to slow down and capture rainwater to allow it to soak into the ground instead of just running off.

Dave Wallace, a public works engineer, says the city is trying a number of different methods to see which works best to control storm water.

“It’s just so we can gain experience with design, construction, maintenance aspects and how they operate. Eventually, we’d like to put this out on a citywide effort,” he said.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will contribute half the estimated $82,000 cost of the city’s first bioretention cell.

The city hopes to have the project finished by late summer.