Hay Creek

Location: Goodhue County, MN
Contact:  Twin Cities Chapter

Funding: Lessard-Sams 2008-2013

Goals: Increase the natural reproduction and biomass, reduce the sediment loads and chemicals into the creek, stabilize degraded banks, and provide a stable environment for the aquatic species that depend on the watershed.


• Bank stabilization with rip rap, soil erosion control blankets and native grasses.

• Installation of weirs and rock veins to narrow the stream

• Installation of skyhooks and lunker structures

Implementation: Construction began in the summer of 2008 and has continued every summer through 2013. If funds are continually available the work will extend to the entire watershed.


Funding: Lessard-Sams 2012

Goals: Enhance ~6,000’ of stream flowing thorough State Forest lands through habitat installation, stream stabilization and creation of a more native plant community.


 Sloping and stabilization of stream banks.

• Installation of overhead cover for trout.

• Installation of soil erosion blankets.

• Mulching and seeding of exposed stream banks with native species.

Implementation: Construction was completed summer 2012.

Spring 2019 flood damage

An unusual combination of environmental factors in spring 2019 caused damage to many stretches of this and neighboring creeks, including portions within the habitat improvement site(s).  MNTU is in the process of reviewing the project site and developing repair plans, which may include design revisions.  Appropriate repairs will be made after amended permits are secured.


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