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One project aims to stop bank erosion and preserve the hiking trail in the McDowell Dam Recreation Area east of Bismarck.


Tom Stromme


Work is due to be completed this month to stop bank erosion and maintain the hiking trail at a popular Burleigh County lake.

The effort will stabilize portions of the banks of the McDowell Dam Recreation Area and move sections of the trail further away from the water’s edge to protect against undulations. In places where surface runoff crosses the path, a culvert is added and another is replaced.

The $ 135,000 project is funded more than 52% by a grant from the state’s Outdoor Heritage Fund, a program that uses tax revenues from oil and gas production to improve wildlife habitats and outdoor recreation areas, among other things.

About 43% – just over $ 58,000 – will be from the Burleigh County Water Resource District, the entity that owns the park. The Bismarck Parks and Recreation District, which manages the lake, will provide in-kind machine and labor contributions totaling $ 6,900. Workers will plant more than 100 trees near the lake to slow down erosion.

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“The erosion below the trail started to eat its way into the hill,” said Travis Johnson, an engineer at Houston Engineering. “We want to stop it before it progresses, or we will lose part of the way.”

Work will begin in mid-August and will close parts of the hiking trail for around two weeks.

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