SWWD and its partners have begun restoration of Trout Brook. The centerpiece of the restoration will be a re-meandered channel and floodplain creation within the Afton Alps property. The channel will rerouted from its current, straightened alignment back to its historical location. Construction has begun. Construction Camera link
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Environmental Assessment Worksheet for Afton Alps Trout Brook Stream Restoration
Great River Greening seeks to improve approximately 1,400 linear feet of Trout Brook, a stream in Washington County, to restore natural stream geomorphology, improve overall ecological function, and enhance trout habitat. Trout Brook will be remeandered on the Afton Alps site privately owned by Vail Resorts Management Company (Vail). The project will also include construction of a rock riffle to provide trout passage through an existing culvert located within the Vail property. The project also includes floodplain creation and reconnection improvements upstream within the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Afton State Park property, adjacent to Afton Alps. Construction is anticipated to be completed no later than September 15, 2018. Minor associated infrastructure improvements will also be completed to maintain current functionality of the Vail property.
SWWD Board of Managers, as RGU, has made a negative declaration on the need for an EIS for the Afton Alps Trout Brook Stream Restoration project at Afton Alps ski area, Denmark Township, proposed by Great River Greening. Additional environmental study is not necessary.