Minnesota Power to make $53K improvements to Jay Cooke State Park in lieu of penalty

By KBJR News 1

Minnesota Power to make $53K improvements to Jay Cooke State Park in lieu of penalty

July 11, 2014 Updated Jul 11, 2014 at 7:55 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Minnesota Power has agreed to make improvements to Jay Cooke State Park following numerous storm water environmental violations.

According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, in 2012 Minnesota Power allowed a contractor to perform excavation work near the boat launch at the utility's Island Lake reservoir in Duluth.

The MPCA says the company did not have the necessary permits to perform the excavating work and the company failed to take adequate precautions to prevent sediment from sliding into the reservoir.

Because of this Minnesota Power has agreed to do no less than $53,000 of hillside erosion improvement work at Jay Cooke State Park.

That damage was caused by 2012 flood damage.

The work is expected to begin in August and be completed by October 1, 2014.

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