Seattle Public Utilities

Meadowbrook Pond Facility Rehabilitation


SPU maintenance project at Meadowbrook Pond Facility.

What & Why

Meadowbrook Pond is a Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) stormwater detention and flood control facility located at 35th Avenue N.E., between N.E. 105th and 110th streets in northeast Seattle.

Meadowbrook Pond was designed to provide multiple stormwater benefits, including flood reduction, water quality improvement, sediment removal, and habitat improvement in Thornton Creek.

Meadowbrook Pond also provides additional public benefits such as wildlife habitat and open space.

To restore the pond’s designed functionality for stormwater detention and flood control as well as improve wildlife habitat, SPU will conduct necessary, routine maintenance to remove accumulated sediment from Meadowbrook Pond. SPU will not perform safety or operational improvements during this maintenance project.

Because this involves in-water work, SPU will conduct this work during a period of time that will have the least impact on fish and other aquatic life (i.e. during the “fish window”). In addition, SPU is actively monitoring the site to minimize construction impacts to wildlife.

SPU will evaluate the ongoing monitoring and maintenance program for this facility as part of the Meadowbrook Pond Facility Rehabilitation Project.

What's happening now?

The project team completed design and permitting, which included evaluating opportunities to minimize impacts to wildlife and habitat, this spring. We are monitoring beavers and other wildlife on the site to identify and limit potential construction impacts.

Meadowbrook Pond is now closed for maintenance. Please sign-up for the project listserv to receive construction updates.

During construction, you can expect the following:

  • Construction will take about 3 months to complete
  • Typical work hours will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., but there may be some evening and weekend work required to complete the project during the in-water construction window.
  • Most of the Meadowbrook Pond site will be closed for public safety reasons and to expedite construction
  • The perimeter path along 39th Avenue N.E. and N.E. 105th Street will remain open with intermittent disruption to allow for vehicle crossing
  • Increased construction traffic to facilitate the removal of sediment from the site
  • Staging of large equipment in the area
  • SPU crews may perform routine vegetation maintenance

Project documents

DNS for Meadowbrook Pond Facility Rehabilitation (pdf)
SEPA Checklist for Meadowbrook Pond Facility Rehabilitation (pdf)
Meadowbrook Pond Facility Rehabilitation Project Overview (pdf)