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Two Plans Discussed For Chester Creek's Recovery

Posted at: 02/27/2013 9:02 PM
Updated at: 02/27/2013 10:45 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

Last June's flood ravaged many parks and trails in the Northland, including the creek at Chester Bowl Park. At a meeting Wednesday at the Central Hillside Center, the city presented two plans for restoration of the Chester Creek.

"Chester bowl is a very busy, active park and well loved by many people," Kathy Bergen, Duluth Parks and Recreation Manager, said.

Since the park draws visitors year round, people at the meeting had different interests.

The first plan would restore the creek as is, without a pond, which may extend the ski season there. The second plan would include a small pond coupled with a series of pools. That option would create a good environment for trout.

"Trout need and have to have cold water," Carl Haensel, with Trout Unlimited, said. "If we don't have cold water in the stream, they cant survive."

While the option with the pools will better provide that cool water, city officials said both plans will allow for good fishing to continue.

"As long as we maintain water temperature, that's the main thing," Haensel said. "There's a lot of creative ways to go about this that can benefit both the skiers and the anglers."

After sorting through comments from the public, a decision will be made by the city within a few weeks. The final decision will be approved by the Duluth City Council.