Cold Water River and Stream Restoration, Protection, and Enhancement

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,050,000
Fund Source
Outdoor Heritage Fund
Recipient
Minnesota Trout Unlimited
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
July 2009
End Date
June 2011
Activity Type
Restoration/Enhancement
Counties Affected
Benton
Dakota
Fillmore
Goodhue
Hubbard
Olmsted
St. Louis
Wilkin
Winona
Legal Citation / Subdivision
ML 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subdivision 5(c)
Appropriation Language

$2,050,000 in fiscal year 2010 is to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Trout Unlimited or successor to restore, enhance, and protect cold water river and stream habitats in Minnesota. A list of proposed acquisitions and a list of proposed projects, describing the types and locations of restorations and enhancements, must be provided as part of the required accomplishment plan. The commissioner of natural resources must agree to each proposed acquisition, restoration, and enhancement.

2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,050,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$771,400
Direct expenses
$2,050,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
.675
Measurable Outcome(s)

Total acres restored or enhanced: 277

Source of Additional Funds

Trout Unlimited, Nat. Fish Habitat Action Plan, Legislative Citizen Commission on MN Resources, MN DNR

Project Overview

This program will restore and enhance in-stream and riparian fish and wildlife habitat in 11 watersheds across the state of Minnesota. The proposed projects will improve habitat for both game and non-game fish and wildlife species uniquely associated with cold water trout streams and provide expanded recreational opportunities for Minnesota anglers.

Project Details

As part of our ongoing program of trout and salmon habitat restoration and enhancement, the Minnesota Council of Trout Unlimited ("MNTU") has identified the priority conservation projects listed below. MNTU proposes to restore or enhance in-stream and riparian fish and wildlife habitat in and along the following Minnesota waters (counties) between July 2009 and June 201, with most projects completed by October 2010:

1. Hay Creek (Goodhue);

2. Kabekona Creek (Hubbard);

3. Lawndale Creek (Wilkin);

4. Little Rock Creek (Benton);

5. Middle Branch of Whitewater River (Olmsted);

6. Mill Creek (Fillmore);

7. Pickwick Creek (Winona);

8. Trout Run Creek (Fillmore);

9. Straight River (Becker & Hubbard);

10. Sucker River (St. Louis);

11. Vermillion River (Dakota).

Degraded cold water habitat is an important statewide conservation issue that requires immediate investment through habitat restoration and enhancement projects. The distinct natural resource characteristics of each ecologically distinct region of Minnesota, together with the variation in the type and magnitude of poor land uses practices in different watersheds, require that fish habitat restoration methods vary around the state. MNTU understands this and tailors our projects accordingly. In the Lake Superior basin, this may mean restoring in-stream cover which was removed decades ago to facilitate log drives. In Southwest Minnesota this may mean restoring overhead bank cover, while drastically sloping soil back to remove thick sediment deposited from the uplands and restore streams' access to their floodplains.

The projects to be undertaken by MNTU as part of this program will be designed to accomplish a number of the following purposes: a) reduce stream bank erosion and associated sedimentation, b) reconnect streams to their floodplains to reduce negative impacts from severe flooding, c) increase natural reproduction of trout and other aquatic organisms, d) maintain or increase adult trout abundance, e) increase biodiversity for both in-stream and non-game species, f) be long lasting with minimal maintenance required, and g) improve angler access.

The results of the projects will be evaluated not only in measures of habitat restored and/or enhanced, but also through trout population assessments.

Project Manager
First Name
John
Last Name
Lenczewski
Organization Name
Minnesota Council of Trout Unlimited
Street Address
P.O. Box 845
City
Chanhassen
State
MN
Zip Code
55317
Phone
612-670-1629
Email
jlenczewski@comcast.net