This project is also a new contribution from the Weber Stream Restoration Initiative (WSRI) that
began in 2005 via private endowments to create a Partnership of university scientists and
extension educators, and local, state and federal agency staff to restore and protect Lake Superior
Basin trout streams (www.lakesuperiorstreams.org/weber/index.html). The WSRI features a
demonstration project targeting the turbidity and sediment impaired Amity Creek watershed for
multiple restoration activities. It was awarded an Environmental Stewardship Award from the
Lake Superior Binational Forum in 2010 and was honored state-wide by the [Minnesota]
Environmental Initiative in May 2013 by being awarded the “Partnership of the Year” for its activities, key elements being: (1) its website for
local community education about watershed and
water resource issues; (2) creation of interactive,
on-line animations of real-time water quality
with interpretive information from a site near
Amity’s discharge into the Lester River just
above its discharge into Lake Superior (within
the St. Louis River AOC); (3) development of a
multi-agency/organization partnership to pursue
trout stream restoration and conservation
activities throughout the western Lake Superior
basin; (4) designing and carrying out two major
Amity restoration projects in 2009 with the City
of Duluth and South St. Louis SWCD; (5) mapping landscape stressors for highlighting areas of
higher risk for environmental impacts as well as conducting a detailed reconnaissance of riparian
zone sediment sources for priority remediation (SSL SWCD, 2009); and (6) developing a
successful EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) project to fund additional restoration
related activities from 2010-2014 (MPCA, NRRI-UMD, SSL SWCD partnership, 2010,
Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program; Project No. 11-306-06; Contract No. 3000005490
Axler, Richard P; Brady, Valerie; Ruzycki, Elaine; Henneck, Jerald; Will, Norman; Crouse, A; Dumke, Josh; Hell, Robert V.
Amity Restoration Assessment: Water quality, fish, bugs, people.
University of Minnesota Duluth.
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