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Little Brule + Gauthier Crossing on Caspers Hill


Cook SWCD has partnered with landowners on Caspers Hill Rd, TSA3 and the Laurentian RC&D Council to address erosion and fish passage problems at 2 crossings on Caspers Hill Road. The proposed culvert replacements are at the Gauthier Creek and Little Brule River crossings, both of which are designated trout streams and spawning areas for Lake Superior migratory trout. The culverts are inadequately sized and placed creating barriers to fish and other aquatic organisms. In addition, the both crossings receive a significant amount of erosion due to inadequate road grading and ditching. The eroded sediment degrades habitat for trout spawning and nursery conditions. The primary activities of this grant would be to improve fish habitat by replacing the 2 crossings and reduce erosion into the streams with erosion control methods. Funding currently in place from Cook SWCD's GLC grant will be used for the roadway erosion control methods and would be used as match to the culvert replacements.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

Dates 10/03/2011 - 06/30/2014

Project Manager Kerrie Fabius

Grant Recipient Cook County Soil & Conservation District

Grant Recipient Type Local/Regional Government Unit

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $52,350

Expended $52,350

Statutory Reference M.L. 2016, Chp. 172, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 5(K)

Management Unit(s) Private

Habitat(s) FGW

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County Cook


Latest Indicator Number of acres restored

Target 2 Acres

Measurement 2 Acres

Target Summary FY11 Grantees have until June 30, 2014 to complete their projects. Overall, CPL grantees are on track to meet their target # of acres and in some cases exceed those acres.