"Keeping our Streams Clean"

By KBJR News 1

August 11, 2010 Updated Aug 11, 2010 at 9:01 AM CDT

Posted by Jeff Edmondson

The Northland abounds with beautiful streams perfect for strolling the banks or fishing the waters.

But not everything is as it seems on the surface.
Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson checks up on the health of the trout streams in the area.

Across the Northland the rivers, creeks and streams are abundant and beautiful.

But in some cases the health of these streams is not what it should be and it could be posing serious problems for the wildlife that live in an on these water bodies.

To understand how a stream works, you need to determine how healthy it is.

"When rain events or other storm events happen the flushing of mud and other debris and particle matter is causing muddying of the water which causes problems for bugs and fish," said Andrea Crouse with NRRI.

Bring all of this particle matter will essentially sandblast away bugs, and scour the sensitive tissues of fish causing damage.

Brook trout are one of the many fish that can be affected by these heavy rain events.

Whatever is in the streets and parking lots runs right in to the storm sewers and into our streams without treatment," said Chris Kleist with the City of Duluth.

On top of the untreated debris the water being introduced from these sources is often warm and the higher temperatures can create dangerous conditions for spawning fish.

Currently tests are underway and the results being analyzed in an effort to determine how much damage run–off and thermal pollution are causing.
In Duluth, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, The Northlands Newscenter.