Restoration projects have always been the bread-and-butter of TU’s volunteer work, and the most visible accomplishment. Much of the great trout fishing we enjoy today is a direct result of all the hard work and many hours put in by TU volunteers.

Twin Cities TU volunteers and the volunteers in the six other state chapters that form Minnesota Trout Unlimited (MNTU) have restored more than 40 miles of trout streams across the state since 2009, using grants from the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment’s Outdoor Heritage Fund to pay for the construction work. The necessary local organization and coordination work is still funded only through local donations to the chapters.

TCTU members, trout anglers, conservationists, and fans of clean water have much more to do.

We’re working with local resource agencies, community-based groups and watershed experts to continue restoration on Hay Creek in Red Wing; the Vermillion River in Lakeville, Farmington, Empire Township, and Vermillion Township; Eagle Creek in Savage; and Hust Creek near the Mall of America in Bloomington.  

We also are working with the DNR to evaluate historical trout streams in Burnsville and Eagan to see if they can be restored.  Another Minnesota River Valley stream near Chaska also has potential.

We’re focusing in new areas, including Rice Creek near Dundas and Northfield, and Trout Brook, which flows into the Cannon River downstream from Cannon Falls, in Dakota County’s Miesville Ravine Regional Park.

A successful restoration project can inspire volunteers now and in future generations to care for a watershed that might include their own backyard.  A project might bring them to a creek they’ve never seen before, and delight them with its beauty, and reinforce their will to save such special places for the aquatic life, upland wildlife, and native species that thrive in restored areas.

Volunteer with us on a stream restoration day.  Ask to join the TU Streamkeepers email list by contacting Dan Callahan: dan@twincitiestu.org, and we’ll notify you when events are scheduled. 

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Updates on the Vermillion RiverTU Vermillion Riverkeepers volunteers who removed invasive species like bukthorn in April 2015.

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