Phase Two Yeader Creek Stabilization

June 28th, 2018

On June 28th, 2018 at the South Side Senior Center a public meeting was held for attendees to learn more about conceptual design plans for improvements in Yeader Creek. During the meeting, a representative from HR Green presented project information and responded to questions from the public. After the presentation, attendees were invited to look at specific sections of stream stabilization to ask questions and provide feedback to the City of Des Moines who is the lead for Phase 2 stabilization of Yeader Creek.

Included below is information that was shared during the public meeting. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this project please contact Bruce Rydberg, P.E. at

Public Meeting Presentation Slides

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Conceptual Designs

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June 2016

City of Des Moines, Engineering Department – In 2013, the Easter Lake Watershed Project began in effort to improve water quality in Easter Lake. In 2012, partners of the project including the City of Des Moines, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and the Polk County Conservation Board co-sponsored the development of the Easter Lake Water Quality Management Plan. Key actions of the plan include lake dredging (currently underway), shoreline and fishery improvement, and stabilization of Yeader Creek. Since its creation, Easter Lake has lost 30% of its volume to siltation. Analysis of the watershed estimated nearly 60% of sediment deposited in Easter Lake resulted from stream bank erosion, primarily along Yeader Creek.

The City of Des Moines completed the first Phase of the Yeader Creek Stabilization Improvements in 2017. Phase 1 improved and stabilized Yeader Creek west of SW 9th Street and in Ewing Park north of E. Diehl Avenue. Polk County is currently working to complete dredging of Easter Lake. To improve long term water quality in Easter Lake it is necessary to reduce as much sediment as possible entering Easter Lake, by restoring and stabilizing the Yeader Creek stream bed and some of its significant tributary drainageways.

Our Consultant, HR Green, Inc., the City of Des Moines, and other key regulatory agencies have identified key areas where erosion control work on Yeader Creek and its significant tributaries would be most beneficial to minimize erosion and help maintain this urban stream as a healthy stream drainageway. The design team has developed conceptual plans for the areas shown on the map included below. The details of the conceptual plans for the stream mitigation concepts will be discussed at the meeting. This is an opportunity for public input on these design concepts prior to proceeding to final design.

You are invited to a meeting to learn more details about the project and schedule. The meeting will begin with a presentation with general project information. After the presentation we will be taking individual property owner feedback around table displays that focus on different segments of the stream. The meeting will be held:

Public Meeting

Thursday, June 28, 2018

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

South Side Senior Center

100 Payton Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50315

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project, please contact Bruce K. Rydberg, P.E. at or 515-283-4074.

Click to view preliminary Yeader Creek Phase 2 location map

Click to view Phase One Yeader Creek Stabilization

Click the photos below to view examples of the highly eroding banks of Yeader Creek