Trout return to endangered county creeks


May 10, 2024

Photo by MPCA

Brook trout was found in Elim Creek in southerneastern Carlton County after barrier removal to clean the tributary to the Nemadji River was performed by conservationists. Finding fish in Elim and Skunk creeks was once a rarity.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is reporting that trout are once again finding a home in two small coldwater streams in Carlton County after water quality conservation work in the Nemadji River watershed.

Watershed studies completed by the MPCA during the past two decades have shown that Skunk and Elim creeks, which begin in the west in Blackhoof Township, were degraded by excess sediment, the result of historical logging and other human activities that altered stormwater runoff and stream flows. The creeks drain water from thousands of acres of forest, rangeland, and rural residential...

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