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Data Plotter
Now collecting "real-time" data from Amity Creek every 15 minutes for depth, flow, temperature, turbidity, and conductivity.

GIS Maps
Lester-Amity Maps & GIS Tools

Weber Stream Restoration Initiative

It’s all about the water—swimming, boating, fishing and relaxing. Yes, life along the North Shore of Lake Superior is intimately connected to the great lake and the streams that feed into it.

But as we nestle in closer to the streams with our houses, roads, yards and vehicles, we disturb the sensitive watershed and risk damaging the water quality and fish habitat.  Duluth’s Amity Creek and Lester River are the focus of a demonstration project to raise awareness of public impacts on streams that flow into Lake Superior and fix the problems in the Lester-Amity system, which has been designated as impaired by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The project began with an endowment from Ron Weber, a former Duluth resident who grew up exploring and fishing in the Lester River. This provided seed money to fund a growing initiative to ease future impact on these sensitive waterways. Mr. Weber’s generous gift has since been matched by an anonymous donor.

The Weber Stream Restoration Initiative, led by the Natural Resources Research Institute with help from Minnesota Sea Grant at the University of Minnesota Duluth, is a unique collaboration of agencies and projects flowing from the overall goal of using the best science available to keep the healthy streams clean and restore damaged systems in the Lake Superior watershed.

Use the links at the left to discover:

  1. Initiative Goals
  2. Why the Lester-Amity System?
  3. Weber Stream Restoration Intitiative Projects
  4. Who is participating in the Consortium