November 13, 2015
Open House Notice of the Double Ditch Bank Stabilization Project
BISMARCK —The State Historical Society of North Dakota invites the public to learn about the Double Ditch Bank Stabilization Project along the Missouri River adjacent to the Double Ditch Village historic site at an open house on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the ND Heritage Center auditorium. A presentation of the project and proposed engineering remediation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
Ever since the 2011 flooding events, the east bank of the Missouri River at the Double Ditch Indian Village has been actively and severely eroding at an accelerated rate. Large linear portions of the Missouri River bank are slumping into the river, resulting in the exposure of multiple documented burials that necessitated emergency removal.
Given the extreme cultural value of the site, a natural bioengineered approach is being used for the engineering and “fix” of the bank. This alternative approach is less costly than a traditional hard-engineered approach, as it provided a lower, long-term maintenance and upfront capital costs, and preserved the integrity of the significant Mandan village.
Persons with question or comments who are unable to attend the open house are encouraged to send questions or comments to: Double Ditch Bank Stabilization Project, Fern Swenson, State Historical Society of North Dakota, 612 E Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND, 58505 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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