Re-created stream segment in St. Paul contributes to improved water quality, quality of life on former rail yard site

St. Paul Parks and Recreation, Capitol Region Watershed District’s Clean Water Fund supported work at Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary treats stormwater before it reaches the Mississippi

A north-facing aerial view of Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary in St. Paul shows railroad tracks and Interstate Highway 35 East on the right, and Trout Brook Regional Trail along the left. This image was captured in 2016. Photo Credit: Capitol Region Watershed District
Children collect dragonflies at Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary during Saint Paul Parks and Recreation’s Dragonfly Bonanza. The sanctuary sees about 150,000 visitors a year. Photo Credit: Caroline Yang for Capitol Region Watershed District
Native plants border the restored stream channel at St. Paul’s Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary in fall 2018. Photo Credit: Sara Rubenstein for Capitol Region Watershed District
Native plants border a stormwater pond. Photo Credit: Sara Rubenstein for Capitol Region Watershed District
Re-creating a segment of stream buried and channeled into a stormwater sewer pipe 140 years ago required working around myriad utilities. Work finished in February 2020. Photo Credit: City of St. Paul
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