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Egg Lake Barrier Removal and Wetland


The Egg Lake Barrier Removal and Wetland Restoration is located on the Chippewa National Forest in the Mississippi River headwaters watershed (HUC 07010101). The project will be completed as a partnership between American Rivers and the US Forest Service. The project sites are located in the headwaters of the First River, which is a tributary to Lake Winnibigoshish. The project sites also lies within the Leech Lake Indian Reservation lands. The watershed is contained within the Chippewa Plains Ecological Subsection of the Laurentian Mixed Forest. The earliest perturbations directly to water resources in the project area occurred in the early 20th century, when the headwaters of the First River were ditched and straightened. In 1976, an earthen dam was installed to create a waterfowl impoundment by blocking a culvert and permanently flooding a pre-existing floodplain wetland feature in order to encourage waterfowl nesting. The impoundment control structure has surpassed its useful life and is inoperable, creating a failure risk for the control structure and earthen dike. The impoundment and downstream culvert are also barriers to aquatic organisms that could utilize the habitat for spawning, rearing or refuge. Restoring the original stream channel and pre-dam wetland habitat (site 1) and addressing passage at the downstream culvert for FS 2156 (site 2) will meet water quality, aquatic organism passage and river habitat objectives for the Forest Service. The project will restore nearly 2 miles of native stream habitat and 80 acres of wetlands and forest.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

Dates 04/14/2014 - 06/30/2015

Project Manager Todd Tisler

Grant Recipient USFS - Chippewa NF

Grant Recipient Type N/A

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $49,742

Expended $32,643

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

Management Unit(s) Federal

Habitat(s) FGW

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County Itasca


Latest Indicator Number of acres enhanced

Target 81 Acres

Measurement 80 Acres