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Clean Water Fund Grant Awarded to Hennepin County to Help Health of Rush, Elm Creeks

Mar 14, 2019 08:50AM ● By Wendy Erlien

graphic provided by Hennepin County

Funding was recently received by Hennepin County from the Clean Water Legacy Fund to help "improve the water quality of Rush Creek and downstream waters, including Elm Creek and the Mississippi River," according to the county. 

The $142,110 grant is anticipated to assist the county and Elm Creek Watershed Management Commission to work with "willing landowners" on projects in specific locations to work on preventing pollutants from reaching Rush Creek. 

"Rush Creek flows through Corcoran and parts of Rogers, Medina and Maple Grove before merging with Elm Creek. In Dayton, Elm Creek flows into the Mississippi River. The state classifies both Rush and Elm creeks as impaired waters that do not meet water quality standards," according to the county which stated in the board action that "both Rush Creek and Elm Creek suffer from a number of impairments, including the presence of E. coli bacteria, low dissolved oxygen levels, and inability to support healthy populations of fish and macroinvertebrates."

The proposed projects are anticipated to reduce soil erosion and decrease water pollution by keeping sediment and bacteria out of waterway.

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