St. Louis River estuary cleanup gets more moneyThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will pump another $1.5 million into the cleanup and rehabilitation of Radio Tower Bay on the St. Louis River in Duluth.
By: Forum News Service,
DULUTH -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will pump another $1.5 million into the cleanup and rehabilitation of Radio Tower Bay on the St. Louis River in Duluth.
The federal grant is one of several NOAA announced this week across the Great Lakes totaling $15.8 million.
The money will be used to remove nearly 117,000 cubic yards of wood waste, restore historic water depths and re-establish aquatic vegetation in the bay that’s upstream from the Oliver Bridge and named for the radio towers located there.
The goal is to restore 24 acres the kind of shallow water habitat for fish, waterfowl and other species that dominated the lower St. Louis River estuary before the Duluth-Superior, Wis., area became industrialized.
The wood waste was left behind by sawmills that lined the river where it becomes the Duluth harbor in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
The project received some $898,000 in federal and state funding in 2012. Phase II is expected to begin next summer, said Lisa Angelos, eastern district manager for ecological and water resources for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Ecological Services division.