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Sauk River Dam Removal and Streambank Restoration


Part of the Sauk River riparian corridor is in jeopardy due to slope failure, erosion and associated habitat loss. Technical evaluations of the site have been made and a contributor to the problem is a high weir dam across the Sauk River in this location. This project proposal consists of removing the dam, restoring the Sauk River channel, riparian bank, riffles and pools to restore the natural flow conditions. This will result in improvement to the quality of in-stream habitat, reconnecting the native fish, mussel species, as well as invertebrates and macroinvertebrates. This will be accomplished by the use of natural streambank techniques and planting of many native plant species adjacent to the river. The result will be a fully connected stream and riparian corridor for fish and wildlife to thrive.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program (Metro)

Status In Progress

Dates 04/24/2015 - 06/30/2018

Project Manager Scott Zlotnik

Grant Recipient City Of St. Cloud

Grant Recipient Type Local/Regional Government Unit

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $272,200

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

Management Unit(s) Local

Habitat(s) FGW

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County Stearns


Latest Indicator Number of acres restored

Target 2 Acres

Measurement N/A