ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — Minnesota’s clean water council was in the Southeast portion of the state Monday, checking-in on the progress of some important quality water projects.
Approximately 50 people walked the banks of Rochester’s Cascade Creek, an area that used to be a golf course and is on track to return to its natural state.
“The big thing here that should be said is a piece of what makes it possible is that there was the golf course here and so they could take over what was the flood plain,” said Clean Water Council Chair Frank Jewell.
Discussions focused on the Legacy Amendment’s impact. The special tax was approved by voters in 2008 and is designed to help build programs for water quality.
In Southeast Minnesota specifically, the tour saw how the fund is protecting drinking water, developing new AG practices and restoring streams.
Jewell says despite the immense progress, there’s still some room to grow for clean water at Cascade Creek.
“There are upper reaches for this stream that are still providing sediment,” said Jewell.
“Sediment was the main thing that was happening…so the water would run off and roar down taking sediment from the sides of the banks from the hillsides, from the farm fields and dumping it in the lake further on down. So the objective here is to stop that.”
Jewell adds that Cascade Creek should continue its reversion toward a natural state, which includes an increased habitat for birds, butterflies and vegetation.
The council also made stops in Chatfield for drinking water protection and visited the Root River field to stream program.