Duluth gets flood relief money for stream repairsThe Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources on Wednesday announced an additional $5.3 million to the city of Duluth for flood relief projects for local streams.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources on Wednesday announced an additional $5.3 million to the city of Duluth for flood relief projects for local streams.
The projects will help repair streams to better handle major flood events in the wake of the June 2012 torrential rain and flood.
Nineteen projects will share the money, including stabilizing stream banks around Amity, Kingsbury and Keene creeks; repairing culvert outlets to stream banks around Chester Creek; protecting the Kenwood Avenue box culvert around Chester Creek; and restoring stream bank erosion to Miller Creek near two places where it crosses U.S. Highway 53.
“Landowners and local communities still have great needs to fix damages caused by last year’s storms,” John Jaschke, executive director of the board, said in announcing the grants. “We want to ensure those needs are addressed through projects to repair properties, to restore damages to the region’s rivers and streams and to prevent pollution from entering Lake Superior.”
The state board already had awarded $1.7 million to Duluth flood-repair efforts. The entire Northland has seen about $7 million from the board. City officials have said it may take $15 million total to rehabilitate streams in the city.