Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)
As cold as it has been lately, there are creatures that love the chill.
Trout are an example.
A few days ago, UMD played host to a symposium concerning cold water habitat.
The commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency reports we do have some aquatic success stories to talk about.
One is the clean up of Stryker Bay on the Saint Louis River.
"It has been a success in terms of encapsulating materials based on our water quality monitoring information." said Commissioner John Linc Stine.
One of the groups at the symposium working towards future cold water success stories is Minnesota Trout Unlimited.
That organization has been doing hands on work on trout streams that were impacted by logging over a century ago.
"When logging occurred in a number of places, it widened stream channels and made them shallower and we also lost a lot of large woody debris that we had historically in those channels." said Carl Haensel of MN Trout Unlimited.
That debris is important in providing cover for trout plus keeping them cool in summer and warmer in winter.
"We've been working specifically on the Sucker River in a number of places between Duluth and Two Harbors. There are three separate sections we've worked on." said Haensel.
Over the last few years, upwards of 50 volunteers have put trout protecting logs back into the Sucker River and added boulders as well.
Water flow around the rocks digs a deeper channel for the fish.
In 2014, Minnesota Trout Unlimited plans to do similar work on four more streams from Cook to Carlton Counties.
Minnesota's Pollution Control Agency Commissioner is grateful for the environmental work done by grass roots groups.
"We have a very robust community of non–government organizations that engage people and get them active in the community and these interests and that's the greatest contribution." said John Linc Stine.
In Duluth, Dave Anderson, KBJR 6 and Range 11.
The four streams that should get worked on this year are Junco Creek, Split Rock River, Keene Creek and Blackhoof River.