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Kent Lake Park Restoration

Award Winning Project

Client:

Johnson County Conservation Board

Project Type:

Environmental & Regulatory

Location:

Iowa

About the Project

Kent Park Watershed and Lake Restoration

Kent Park is one of Iowa’s most iconic county parks. When constructed in 1968, the focus was recreation, not water quality. As a result, the lake became highly degraded with sediment, nutrients and bacteria from its 687-acre watershed. Stanley Consultants was hired to improve water quality, aesthetics and user experience. The rehabilitation included adding sediment catch basins, outlet control structures, wetlands and erosion control measures. A parking lot with bioretention cells captures and filters runoff. Nearly 20,000 submerged aquatic cuttings were hand planted to provide fish habitat. Removing over 100,000 cubic yards of silt from the 27-acre lake and targeted shoreline protection features transformed the lake. “The results have exceeded our goals and expectations,” said Larry Gullett, Director of the Johnson County Conservation Board, of the award-winning project. “Kent Park now has the cleanest water in eastern Iowa.”

Solutions

Environmental & Regulatory

At Stanley Consultants, our talented team of scientists and engineers is focused on helping clients adapt to evolving regulations and finding solutions to protect the changing environment.

By The Numbers

100,000

Cubic Yards Silt Removed

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