Neighbors Rally to Save Fishing Hole, Waterfall on Minnehaha Creek

April 05, 2018 05:35 PM

A plan that would end a longtime Minnehaha Creek fishing hole in Edina has drawn opposition from some neighbors.

The City of Edina and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District's renovation plan for the creek includes removing a dam that creates a waterfall and eliminating a long-time fishing hole near the 54th Street bridge.


But opponents have started a group called "Save the Waterfall." And a rally in opposition to the plan was scheduled for Tuesday night.

"I would miss the falls," neighbor Lindsay McCabe said. "I think most people who are here would miss it. I'm just hoping it will be defeated."

The City of Edina said removing the longtime dam will restore and improve the health of the creek.

"Re-meandering the creek to improve the fishery, improve the natural resource there," explained Jessica Wilson, the city's water resources coordinator. "It also solves some other problems. It makes it a little bit safer for tubers to go under the bridge at 54th. It makes (it) so that we can solve some flood plain issues."

The city is scheduled to vote on the plan June 20. If approved, work would begin in the fall of 2018.


Joe Mazan

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