Environmental concerns surround Vikings stadium construction

11:28 AM, Aug 3, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Environmental concerns are being discussed as the city of Minneapolis prepares for the tearing down of the Metrodome and the building of the new Vikings stadium.

The first concern is the current soil, which is known to contain petroleum, metals and harmful organic vapors. The degree of that contamination is not yet well defined, but developers said they will work with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for investigation and remediation.

One big improvement is annual water use. The Metrodome uses 18 million gallons of water each year, but by installing low-flow fixtures at the new stadium, that number is estimated at 10 million gallons per year.

Then it comes to storm water, most of the rain that falls on the project site currently ends up in the Mississippi River. With the proposed plan, perforated pipes and permeable pavement along with several other options will be used to control storm water runoff on a block-by-block basis.

The amount of glass in the proposed building the new stadium stands to impact our migrating bird populations. The Stadium Authority will turn off stadium lighting during the overnight hours in spring and fall in an effort to minimize impacts on the Mississippi Flyway.

The impact statement also addresses parking and transportation concerns, visual impacts, noise levels and more. Read the entire 563-page statement at msfa.com.

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