Duluth Stream Restoration Efforts Wins Top Environmental Award

By KBJR News 1

Weber Project representatives accept the Partnership of the Year award at the Environmental Initiatives Event held May 23 at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis. From left: Chris Kleist (City of Duluth), Mike Lalich, Rich Axler, June Kallestad (all three of NRRI) and Todd Carlson (City of Duluth)

May 28, 2013 Updated Dec 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) ---- The Weber Stream Restoration Initiative, managed by UMD's Natural Resource Research Institute, has been awarded the 2013 Partnership of the Year award by the Environmental Initiative.

The project, now in it's eighth year, was one of 15 finalists throughout the state of Minnesota.

The Weber Stream Resoration Initiative is a collaborative effort among local governments, agencies, citizen groups, and University of Minnesota Scientists and educators. Together they work to restore and protect the integrity of Lake Superior's tributaries. They do this by identifying critical areas, implementing restoration activities and critically evaluating projects to inform future restorations.

More than $2.5 million dollars has been raised, leading to two major restoration projects in 2009 and other projects still in progress.

Key partners in the restoration efforts include the city of Duluth, South St .Louis Soil & Water Conservation District, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota DNR, Minnesota Sea Grant and the Western Lake Superior Regional Stormwater Protection Team.

The annual awards ceremony honors innovative projects that have achieved extraordinary environmental results by harnessing the power of partnership.

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