Vacuum Dredge Box

One of our primary citywide strategic goals is finding innovative and efficient methods to deliver City services.

I cannot think of a better example of meeting this goal than a City invention that recently resulted in a Local Government Innovation Award for the City of Eden Prairie from the  University Of Minnesota Humphrey School Of Public Affairs.

Eden Prairie Wins Local Government Innovation Award

(l-r) Robert Ellis, Isaac Raser, Tony Paron, John Carlon, Rick Wahlen after receiving the Local Government Innovation Award Dec. 8.

Eden Prairie’s Utilities Division was named an overall winner in the “cities” category for developing a system to efficiently remove sediment and other materials carried by the storm sewer system from streams, lakes, ponds and wetlands. The heart of the system — a Vacuum Dredge Box (VDB) — makes it possible to perform this work in areas that are inaccessible by large equipment due to adjacent buildings, steep terrain or limited working space.

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I could not be any prouder of our City employees who are looking for better ways of delivering services to our residents each and every day!

One Comment

  1. Mike Casanova
    Posted December 22, 2016 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    Five men + clean water = six reasons to be proud of Eden Prairie.