St. Paul — The Minnesota DNR has begun contingency pumping at the Canisteo Legacy Mine Pit to keep water levels below 1,318 feet for the protection of local community infrastructure.
The pumping will cause Canisteo water levels to drop, creating a gap between winter ice cover and the unfrozen water surface, resulting in unsafe ice conditions across the entire pit.
Water from the Canisteo is flowing into nearby wetlands and Holman Lake in Itasca County, potentially causing unsafe ice conditions on those water bodies as well. The DNR strongly advises that people and recreational vehicles stay off the ice this winter at the Canisteo, nearby wetlands, and Holman Lake.
Winter pumping at the Canisteo Pit will ensure the drain tile system in the city of Bovey will continue to divert groundwater away from residential structures. The pumping system is located on the east side of the Canisteo and is drawing water from the pit at a maximum rate of 11,000 gallons per minute. The water is being discharged to a wetland complex that flows into Holman Lake.
SEDIMENT-REDUCTION WORK UNDER WAY IN KINGSBURY CREEK WATERSHED
Duluth, Minn. — West Duluth and Proctor residents saw construction equipment moving into the area as a sediment-reduction project began in the Kingsbury Creek watershed in December. The Minnesota DNR is leading the project, which will include bank stabilization, stormwater management, improved culverts, and catch-basins to reduce erosion.
The work will take place in two unnamed tributaries to Kingsbury Creek at five sites along the small stream near 68th Avenue West, and two sites along the small stream near the intersection of Highway 2 and Interstate 35. Preliminary site preparation work will be performed at both streams. Construction will continue at 68th Avenue West as long as weather allows. Where trout are present, additional in-channel work will be performed in July 2023, when construction restrictions related to trout end.
“The 2012 flood reshaped some of these streams and drove massive amounts of sediment downstream,” said DNR Project Manager Ben Nicklay. “The work we’re doing now will help these streams weather future storm events and improve the resilience of the downstream waters for the fish and wildlife that live there.”
TROUT ANGLERS HAVE WINTER FISHING OPTIONS IN THE SOUTHEAST
St. Paul — Winter trout fishing is another way to enjoy the outdoors along streams that meander through the scenic bluffs and hills of southeastern Minnesota. Trout fishing is catch-and-release only from Saturday, Jan. 1, through Friday, April 14, at all designated trout streams in Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Wabasha, and Winona counties. There also are catch-and-release fishing opportunities all winter in Beaver Creek Valley, Forestville, and Whitewater state parks, as well as in the city limits of Chatfield, Lanesboro, Preston, Rushford, and Spring Valley.
Southeastern Minnesota trout fishing information is available on the DNR website (mndnr.gov/Fishing/Trout/Southeast.html), and fishing maps are available on the Lanesboro area fisheries page (mndnr.gov/Areas/Fisheries/Lanesboro).
CPL GRANT PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING METRO APPLICATIONS
St. Paul — The Conservation Partners Legacy grant program funds conservation projects that restore, enhance, or protect forests, wetlands, prairies, and habitat for state fish, game, and wildlife.
Grant requests may range from $5,000 to $500,000, with a maximum total project cost of $1 million. Nonprofit organizations and government entities are eligible to apply, and a 10% match of non-state origin is required. Funding for the CPL program comes from the Outdoor Heritage Fund.
About $1.2 million is available for the metro grant cycle. Projects must occur within the seven-county metro area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, or Washington counties) or within the city limits of Duluth, Rochester, or St. Cloud. Projects must be on public lands or waters or on lands protected by a permanent conservation easement. Apply by Feb. 21. For more information, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/grants/habitat/cpl/index.html
LINDNERS JOIN FORCES WITH OMNIA FISHING
Brainerd, Minn. — Lindner Media Productions announced this week that it will be collaborating with Minnesota-based Omnia Fishing by providing content to the tackle company’s website.
“We’ve always tried to push the envelope on how we produce and deliver content,” said Fishing Hall of Fame angler Al Lindner. “Just like when the bite gets tough, you need to adapt. That’s what we need to do with our business as the media landscape continues to change. We are so excited to partner with Omnia; these are some brilliant dudes, and our partnership will benefit anyone who likes to fish.”
Omnia Fishing offers an innovative online, tackle-buying experience via its shop-by-lake feature that allows customers to see fishing reports about the bodies of water they fish and get recommendations from experts on what works best.
“We are excited about the potential of this relationship. Starting immediately, we will be collaborating on generating content for specific water bodies and techniques,” said Chris Morgal, Omnia’s Fishing COO. “The nature of AnglingBuzz generating current fishing reports for popular destinations around the Midwest is perfect, but we are also poised to broaden this to national in scope. Partnering with our relationships and the Lindners will give anglers a ton of relevant information to make them more successful each outing.”