In June of 2014, over 11 inches of rain fell on Hiawatha Golf Course and caused $1.5 million in damage. Parts of the damage have been restored, but elevated the necessity for a future flood resiliency plan. During the flood resiliency planning effort, the MPRB discovered it was pumping a volume of groundwater significantly greater than the amount allowed through a groundwater appropriations permit issued by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. This discovery put the planning effort on hold and triggered an intensive groundwater and stormwater study for the area, completed in 2017.
The Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan, which we are currently undergoing, will continue the original 2015 planning process and will align water management strategies with potential future uses of the golf course property, including a strong consideration of traditional golf in some form.
2018 Master Plan Project Webpage