Minnehaha Creek getting renewed in St. Louis Park

  • Article by: TOM MEERSMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 26, 2012 - 9:55 PM

A suburban stretch will get natural curves again as its winding route is restored.

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whalesmnOct. 26, 1211:36 PM

It's great to see damage that was done in less enlightened times reversed, so that the creek can be restored to a more natural state. Kind of like what they are trying to do to at least partially restore The Everglades in Florida. Between projects to restore our natural environment and projects to restore many of our historic buildings, much progress has been made in the last 20 years or so to restore at least some of the damage done by well-intentioned but ultimately negative projects done by people and governments in this country from the 1940's through the 1970's. It is inspiring to see that we can learn from our mistakes and make right some of those things that should never have been done in the first place.

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roymercerOct. 27, 12 8:23 AM

$1.1 million for 1,000 yards of shoreline. We certainly do live in the gilded era of government.

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ruphinaOct. 27, 12 9:37 AM

Since this is supposedly such a dramatic improvement, there will of course be a corresponding reaassessment of the adjacent proerties with a reflective dramatic rise in assesed value and therefore increased property taxes, right? Bill G.

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ruphinaOct. 27, 12 9:41 AM

They already spent a huge chunk of money next to Methodist Hospital. I am sure they will soon propose spend money in more places. roymercer is right- we have a Minnehaha creek watershed district and a funding source, so the commisioners MUST spend to justify their job. And I thought we need more money for "our precious children", as the teachers gangs... er, I mean, Unions keep telling us. Bill G.

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roymercerOct. 27, 12 9:55 AM

What about the $15 million acqusition of a warehouse business a mile upstream in Hopkins? That was done under the guise of stream restoration.

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BIFFHEOct. 27, 1211:36 AM

You knee-jerk Tea Party types complain about spending for this while trying to take a gratuitous, unrelated swipe at teachers too. Would you prefer Minnehaha Creek to become a streambed of noxious ooze created by direct runoff from everyone's over-fertilized yards? How much and how long would that be to clean up? Maintaining the creek's natural ability to filter the watershed from Lake Minnetonka is smart and benefits everyone from Gray's Bay to the Mississippi River. This is a bargain.

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mahogma66Oct. 27, 1212:07 PM

"$1.1 million for 1,000 yards of shoreline. We certainly do live in the gilded era of government." If sensible regulations had been in place and enforced by government from the outset, restoration would not be necessary. Unfortunately,some people insist on treating waterways like Minnehaha Creek like their own personal sewers. Hopefully,the 'gilded age of ignorance' is coming to an end.

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jaynedrakeOct. 27, 1212:52 PM

I think the work being done is marvelous. Two things are missing involving the creek, however. One is water. When I grew up near the creek in the 50's and 60's, there was a lot of water. The other missing part is in South Minneapolis, where the creek cannot be seen as you drive(many places. The same thing is happening to our lakes, where pretty soon you won't be able to see them either, because the 'natural state' is being restored.

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jhbensenOct. 27, 12 9:28 PM

Considering, that the water gets turned off to the creek whenever the denizens of Lake Minnetonka deem it necessary to overwater their lawns by siphoning the water from the lake, after spending all these dollars for beautification how will it look when you shut off the water to the creek. Take a look at Minnehaha Falls by early summer or wander in the creek in Edina when the water is at you ankles what a deal to spend the money and get nothing out of it.

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bobmac3Oct. 29, 12 2:30 PM

I lived exactly where this "improvement" is taking place for a while, fishing this stretch every day in the summer. I had no idea that the creek had been straightened to accommodate humans; the resilient and abundant wildlife seemed to tolerate changes in environment much better than post-hippie city planners.

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