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City Discusses Plans for Mud Lake

Brandon Weathers
Updated: May 31, 2019 09:24 AM

The City of Duluth held an informational workshop at the DECC Thursday to discuss plans for Mud Lake, a bay on the St. Louis River in Duluth.

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The City of Duluth Planning Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, Natural Resources Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Duluth Economic Development Authority, and Duluth City Council each had members present.

The commissions discussed their plans for Mud Lake and the public values at stake, including natural resources, public recreation access, economic development, and the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad (LSMR).

The plans discussed included the Western Waterfront Trail mini-master plan, the EPA Section 106 cultural resource regulatory process, the local historic nomination for the LSMR, the federal recovery plan for the St. Louis River Estuary Area of Concern, the St. Louis River Natural Area nomination, and the redevelopment of the US Steel site.

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City Discusses Plans for Mud Lake

The proposed clean-up plans involve removing parts of the rail to increase water flow. The LSMR is concerned about how this will affect their future operations. The city says that there will be some impacts to the railroad, but more meetings like Thursday's are needed before the impacts are finalized.

City of Duluth planning and economic development director Keith Hamre said, "Obviously, it's an important historical resource. It's a resource that's going to be impacted because of the clean-up of the estuary, the clean-up on the land side with the US Steel site, [and] the railroad is going to operate on a shorter distance for some time period."

Hamre expects the decisions involving Mud Lake to be finalized by the commissions and handed onto City Council in the coming months.

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