Water Trails Engineering Study

The Water Trails Engineering Study is the first phase of implementation of the Greater Des Moines Water Trails and Greenways Master Plan, which was approved by unanimous vote of the MPO Policy Committee in November 2016.

While the master plan lays out a broad vision for developing a water trails network in Greater Des Moines, the Water Trails Engineering Study will examine list of recommended projects more closely. The engineering study will determine the feasibility of the recommended projects and provide estimated costs of those projects. With this information, local governments and funding partners can begin prioritizing projects and budgeting for the installation of these projects.

The Water Trails Engineering Study will be funded through a public-private partnership in order to determine the feasibility and estimated costs for the many projects recommended in the water trails plan, including the mitigation of the dams on the Des Moines River in downtown Des Moines. The engineering study is estimated to cost $500,000.

More than half of the funding for the Water Trails Engineering Study has been raised, mostly from the private sector. The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, and the Polk County Conservation have committed $30,000 each. And the Leadership Circle of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines awarded the project a Catalyst Challenge Grant, matching local governments’ contributions dollar for dollar up to $205,000. If every dollar were matched, that would bring the total to $500,000.

 Request for Qualifications

The Des Moines Area MPO is currently seeking the services of a pair of independent consultants to assess the downtown recommendations and regional projects outlined in the water trails plan. More information is available at dmampo.org/rfq-rfp.