What are the Environmental Impacts of the Flood?
Posted at: 10/31/2012 4:40 PM
| Updated at: 11/15/2012 5:15 PM
By: Ben Dery
A group of experts are talking about the environmental impacts of June's flood, and what can be done to revive torn-up habitats.
A workshop was held Wednesday at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency office in Canal Park, packed with citizens and environmental experts. It was done to keep a continuing discussion of what should be done to assist with the recovery of streams from June's flood.
One of the main topics was how to manage streams in an unpredictable climate.
"We need to be very careful in how we manage these streams," said Carl Haensel, the Vice Chair for Trout Unlimited, "and how we approach working with them in the future."
There are more than a dozen trout streams near Duluth. Massive erosion has drastically changed the course of some streams, and this has many concerned.
"It's the habitat in them that, in some cases, was filled in. In some cases entirely destroyed," Haensel said. "That is a big, big problem."
Fish populations will recover. The larger issue is the livelihood of the stream and its ability to produce healthy trout in the future.
Those involved in the discussion talked about if the streams will improve naturally, and if the public should step in.