Building up the bank

A hydraulic excavator gets to work at the Crow River Restoration Project in St. Michael. The project will reinforce the riverbanks and is supported by St. Michael, Wright County and the Department of Natural Resources.

A hydraulic excavator gets to work at the Crow River Restoration Project in St. Michael. The project will reinforce the riverbanks and is supported by St. Michael, Wright County and the Department of Natural Resources.

The St. Michael Crow River Restoration Project is taking place along the west riverbanks next to the Coldwater Creek neighborhood just downstream from the St. Michael Recreational Park. The bulk of the project should be done this month.

The St. Michael Crow River Restoration Project is taking place along the west riverbanks next to the Coldwater Creek neighborhood just downstream from the St. Michael Recreational Park. The bulk of the project should be done this month.

 

The most erosive section of the entire Crow River is getting a facelift, or more appropriately a “banklift.”

The section of river along the Coldwater Creek neighborhood in St. Michael has been targeted for bank restoration for 10 years, St. Michael City Engineer/Administrator Steve Bot said.

“We’re building the river banks, reestablishing them where it’s been eroded,” Bot said. “It’s a huge priority.”

The project contractor is Minnesota Native Landscapes out of Otsego. Overall the project is a partnership with St. Michael, the DNR, and Wright County Soil and Water.

“It’s kind of unique to Minnesota this way of doing restoration,” Bot said. “They’re doing fill with logs, woody material and soil, plus native deep rooting planting to get a natural look.”

Bot said the city received Clean Water Legacy Act funding, as well, and is assessing benefiting properties. He said part of the city contribution was justified based on a storm water pond that could be threatened.

“The DNR is excited we’re taking care of the project,” he said.

The majority of work should be done by Christmas, with some other restoration taking place into spring. Bot said the project was targeted for winter due to low water levels this time of year.

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