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Trout Stream Restoration

Trout Stream Restoration

EOR collaborated with Minnesota Trout Unlimited, recreation and ag-focused landowners, the State of MN, and local governments to restore more than one mile of Camp Creek, a popular trout stream in the heart of MN's driftless area. This reach of Camp Creek was identified as lacking potential habitat as a result of historic and current land uses. EOR developed a plan that preserved and enhanced the functional elements of the reach. The project was adapted to accommodate a diverse range of land uses, which included intensively grazed pasture.

Client Benefits

  • Comprehensive understanding of fluvial geomorphology, advanced soil bioengineering techniques, and channel evolution (a natural channel approach to design).
  • Mediated landowner and agency conflict.
  • Achieved an aggressive schedule including completing construction in a single year.
  • First use of bioengineering practice—"toe–wood"—by MNTU and the first time used in MN’s driftless area.

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