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Protecting the West Bank On the Mississippi River, a 275-mile section of the levee system that flows through Arkansas and Louisiana makes up the Mississippi River West Bank. Periodic inspections are required to verify the proper operation and maintenance and structural stability of the levee system. Learn More
Harnessing Waverly’s Waters For over 150 years, the Waverly Dam has been integral to the city. The energy captured by the dam powered the sawmill used to build the city. Its circa 1908 hydroelectric plant continues to generate $100,000 of revenue for the city each year. Over the years, the river led to industrial and residential development on the adjacent floodplain. Learn More
Reviewing the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet Canal Closure In 2005, Hurricane Katrina sent a surge of water up the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet (MRGO) Canal flooding many parishes along its banks. As a result, the Inner Harbor Navigational Canal (IHNC) Surge Barrier was built. Learn More
Dam Reconstruction Adds Aesthetic Value, Flood Protection for Minnesota Town Stanley Consultants prepared design for the New London Dam Reconstruction project in New London, Minnesota which provided flood protection along with aesthetic appeal. Learn More
Restoring Salt River’s Ecosystem Working with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Stanley Consultants designed a plan to restore Arizona’s Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community lands to their natural beauty and wildlife habitat. Learn More
Site of Former Casino Perfect for Schwiebert Riverfront Park Schwiebert Riverfront Park provides a family friendly venue for concerts, a day in the park, or a gathering spot for just about any outdoor activity. A unique design provides the City of Rock Island ‘invisible’ flood protection from the Mighty Mississippi River. Learn More
Providing Flood Protection for Maricopa County Residents Homes in the Meridian Pointe Subdivision in unincorporated Maricopa County, Arizona, were at risk of flooding in the event of a 100-year storm event. Stanley Consultants designed a solution with an 80-acre detention basin. Learn More
Pump It Up! CAP Superstition Mountains Recharge Project The Central Arizona Project (CAP) needed additional groundwater recharge capacity to protect and serve the future water needs of Pima and Maricopa County residents. The CAP selected Stanley Consultants to design a recharge project capable of storing 25,000 acre feet of river water per year. Learn More
Providing Reservoir Storage for Restoration of the Florida Everglades Stanley Consultants designed the C-43 Basin West Storage Reservoir to provide storage for the Caloosahatchee River basin in support of the South Florida Water Management District’s participation in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). Learn More
Sonoqui Wash Channelization When a delineation of the Sonoqui Wash revealed that its 100-year flood plan covered 800 acres and affected 160 homes the Flood Control District of Maricopa County engaged Stanley Consultants to channelize the wash. Learn More
Designing the Yazoo Pump Station The Yazoo River Backwater Pumping Plant is a 14,000 cubic feet per second pump station designed to pump the flow of the Yazoo River backwaters over the levee when levee openings are closed due to flooding on the Mississippi River. Learn More
Planning for Water Management Infrastructure Projects South Florida Water Management District hired Stanley Consultants to provide planning tools to help manage operations and maintenance costs. Learn More
Modern Woodmen Park Flood Protection The removable floodwall protects the baseball stadium from flooding and keeps ball in play. Learn More

Strengthening Des Moines Riverbanks

Des Moines Water Works engaged Stanley Consultants to complete an engineering analysis of the Des Moines River riverbank condition and potential stabilization after extreme flooding in 2008.

The Saylorville plant is located on the east side of the Des Moines River and north of Interstate 80 in Polk County.  Due to the extreme damage this flood event caused statewide, a disaster declaration was made and FEMA disaster recover funding was made available.

Funding from FEMA allowed Des Moines Water Works to engage Stanley Consultants to complete an engineering analysis of the riverbank condition and potential stabilization.  In this analysis, both the loss of bank material historically and the loss of bank material due to the 2008 flood event was analyzed to determine the current risk to the existing well caissons.  The report summarizes the selected mitigation alternatives for each location.  The second phase of the project included bank stabilization design including bank shaping and riprap protection along 1,900 feet of Des Moines River bank and development of bid documents.  Permitting the project required completing a wetland delineation, Indiana bat habitat survey, and extensive coordination with the state and federal regulatory authorities.

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