Grants Help Fund Repair for Natural Resource Flood Damage

By KBJR News 1

March 26, 2013 Updated Mar 26, 2013 at 6:14 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- Damage to the northland landscape, after close to ten inches of rain fell in one day, is steadily being worked on thanks to state and federal dollars.

The flood of June 20th, 2012, was the most damaging flood in Duluth's history. That damage includes the devastation to the area's natural resources.

"Most of the heavy lifting for flood recovery is still to come," said Duluth Mayor Don Ness at City Hall Tuesday.

With nearly $11 million of the $167 million from the special legislative session going towards erosion and sediment control and water quality protection, tackling the complex problem of repairing the land, streams, and lake shore of Northeast Minnesota is becoming reality.

"It's in the green infrastructure where it's taking more discussion, more negotiations," said Ness. "[we're] trying to figure out a responsible way to approach these projects."

The money is allocated in three phases and is currently providing grants for 175 projects in Northeast Minnesota including Lake Superior shoreline repair and landslide stabilization.

"I have full faith and confidence that this city, counties and neighboring areas around this community are going to be fully successful in getting it back to the way it was," said John Jaschke, Executive Director of the Board of Water and Soil Resources.

That optimism is shared by city and state leaders.

"Working together over the coming months, we will see this job though and we will give our families and businesses the security and peace of mind they deserve," said Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon, DFL Minnesota.

The total need for water and soil projects was just over 22-million dollars, creating an $11 million estimated shortfall. Not every project each county wants will be worked on.

Written for the web by Zach Vavricka