By Ivan Raconteur
After several public hearings and numerous comments from landowners, the Crane Creek wetland restoration project moved forward last Monday night when the ditch board approved the project.
The Carver County Water Management Organization (WMO), which petitioned the project, still needs to get approval from all landowners in the impact area before the project can begin.
The proposed plan involves the installation of two metal weirs (dams) within the Crow River floodplain to restore the Crane Creek Wetland complex.
The project will improve water quality and provide wildlife habitat, according to the WMO.
The project is located on Joint Ditch 1, between Carver and McLeod counties.
The approval was 3-0, with Carver County commissioners Jim Ische, Gayle Degler, and McLeod County Commissioner Kermit Terlinden in favor, and Carver County Commissioner Tim Lynch and McLeod County Commissioner Ray Bayerl abstaining because they live within the assessed area for Joint Ditch 1.
Lynch said the board approved the project with two conditions. The project must be completed by Oct. 1, 2010, and any lawsuits pertaining to the project must go through the WMO.
The Crane Creek wetland area is south of Highway 7 on the Carver/McLeod county line.