Duluth's Chester Creek Set For Restoration Project

September 28, 2017 12:58 AM

DULUTH - A $180,000 restoration project for Chester Creek was unveiled to the public on Wednesday at the Grant Recreation Center.

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The creek is one of 13 designated trout streams in Duluth that was impacted by the flood in 2012, according to Kate Kubiak, South St. Louis Soil & Water Conservation Specialist.  

"The flood of 2012 totally changed the area immediately around Chester Creek," said Dave Schaeffer, Chester Bowl Improvement Club Director.

The restoration project will include re-digging the channel, strategically placing rocks to allow for the water to filter to the center of the channel, and planting root wads to avoid erosion of the banks.

"The design incorporates a lot of natural material that will help the trout survive, and find refuge when the water is warm when they're trying to move up and down the creek," said Kubiak.   

A pedestrian bridge will also be built on the lower end of the dam.   

Andrea Woyt, who lives a block from Chester Creek wants to make sure the trout have the best habitat during the winters.

"Animals don't always have a voice when decisions are being made by human beings," said Woyt.

She also wanted to make sure trout are protected from the runoff of the creek upstream, and that they have enough oxygen, but said her concerns were addressed during the meeting.

All together 750 feet are set to be restored. The project is set to begin on Monday, October 2, and is expected to finish by mid-November.




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