Chester Creek Restoration
Chester Creek runs right through
Chester Park, one of the Duluth community's favorite places. The creek
is one of the City's 14 designated trout streams, and as it currently is, fish
cannot move freely up and down stream. Sometime in the 1930's, two dams were built in Chester Creek, and no consideration was made for the needs
of aquatic wildlife. Today we know that
the survival of trout is dependent on their ability to swim to cooler water during warm summer months. The flood in
2012 blew out the dams, giving us an opportunity to finally restore this stretch
of the creek to a more natural state.
1) Re-align and stabilize the stream, as it is currently not functioning as well as it should. Please call our office for more information on this - it is complicated!
2) Remove the damaged dams. The dams are impeding fish passage and they have been determined to not have a formal historical status.
3) Provide trout habitat. Chester Creek is one of the City's 14 designated trout streams.
4) Preserve historical values. This park has many wonderful values including historic views that need to be preserved.
5) Increase resilience to future flooding. A healthy creek that is connected to its floodplain can handle the increased volume and velocity of future flood events.
Grant Amount: $516,000
This project is made possible by a grant provided by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature.
The restoration reach runs right through Chester Park, which was greatly impacted by the flood, especially due to the dams, which were under so much pressure from the water that they were partially destroyed.
At this time, construction is being planned for October of 2017, between the park's busy summer and winter activities. We expect that it will take about 3 weeks to complete the stream restoration project, and we will be working very closely with the City Parks Department and the Chester Park Improvement Club to keep park-users informed every step of the way.
Chester Park is one of the busiest parks in the City with summer camps, concerts, festivals, and the extremely popular winter ski program. Great care will be taken to ensure that the project meets the priorities set forth in the mini-master plan and that we cause as little disruption to park-users and the surrounding neighborhood as possible.
We would love to talk with anyone interested in this important project! Please call Kate Kubiak at 218-723-4946 or firstname.lastname@example.org anytime with questions.