New twists on a Twin Cities paddling route built to improve Long Lake’s water quality

Middle Rice Creek remeander is part of watershed’s $7 million plan; Clean Water Fund project will curb erosion, sediment

A Rice Creek Watershed District trail camera captured paddlers July 20 in a remeandered segment of Middle Rice Creek, which parallels the former streambed. Photo Courtesy of Rice Creek Watershed District
A Rice Creek Watershed District trail camera captured paddlers using the original, previously straightened stream while the remeandered segment of Middle Rice Creek, at left, was being constructed. Photo Courtesy of Rice Creek Watershed District
Matt Kocian, a lake and stream specialist with Rice Creek Watershed District, visited a remeandered segment of Middle Rice Creek on April 30 when water levels were high. Photo Credit: Ann Wessel, BWSR
A stream remeandering, shown at top left on April 30, added nearly a half-mile to Middle Rice Creek, which will help to reduce erosion and sediment-loading. Photo Credit: Ann Wessel, BWSR

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