Duluth looks into fixing 16 flood-damaged streams

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- Duluth is shifting its focus from basic infrastructure damaged by this June's floods to the area's 16 trout streams.

Kathy Bergen, director of the parks and recreation department, characterized the scale of damage to the streams and adjacent trails as "mind-boggling."

She says the streams are used for storm water runoff as well as recreation so the health of the streams is important to the park system.

On Monday, the Duluth City Council will be asked to approve $100,000 contracts with two firms to assess local trout streams and begin developing a possible action plan.

Chris Kleist, a program coordinator for the Department of Public Works and Utilities, says the estimated damage looks to be at least $1 million per stream.

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