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Knife River cleanup plan subject of forum

Landowners along and near the Knife River are being asked to get involved in the effort to reduce sediment runoff and make the river clearer. A forum for landowners in the Knife River watershed will be held at the Duluth Town Hall from 7-9 p.m. M...

Knife River
(2010 file / News Tribune)

Landowners along and near the Knife River are being asked to get involved in the effort to reduce sediment runoff and make the river clearer.

A forum for landowners in the Knife River watershed will be held at the Duluth Town Hall from 7-9 p.m. Monday.

The Knife River is considered an "impaired water" because it exceeds state water-quality standards for turbidity, or water clarity. The major sources come from land along and near the river, mostly on private property, making it critical for private landowners to help solve the problem, conservation officials say.

The effort is sponsored by Minnesota Environmental Partnership and South St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the South St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District have developed a plan to address the turbidity issue. Copies of the plan will be available at the forum, and landowners can learn more about grants available to pay for conservation projects on their property to stabilize steep banks along the river, reduce erosion and slow the flow of water.

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Counties and townships also are involved.

The Duluth Town Hall is located at 6092 Homestead Rd. For more information, contact Andrew Slade of the Minnesota Environmental Partnership at (218) 727-4873 or andrewslade@mepartnership.org .

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