Project is first step to restore Upper Lake Pepin

Rochester Post Bulletin, 3/8/2018

Author: Mac Becco (formerly Consoer), Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance

Like many waters in southern Minnesota, it is impaired by excess sediment and phosphorus, both of which threaten cascading impacts that could eventually lead to ecological collapse. Sediment accumulation is a particular concern since it is causing social impacts, such as reduced accessibility to upstream areas and adjacent communities.

A sustainable solution will require upstream mitigation, but local restoration is also necessary to manage the cumulative impacts and sustain current uses on the lake.  

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Sediment is causing record boat groundings in Lake Pepin: Restoration efforts need widespread support

Scuttlebutt Magazine, March 2018

Author: Mac Becco (formerly Consoer), Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance

Boat groundings in Lake Pepin, the widest section of the Mississippi River, reached an all-time high in 2017. Several grounding events were accompanied by significant health and financial injuries. The main culprit is sediment filling in Lake Pepin, a natural process exacerbated by upstream land practices. Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance (LPLA), a grassroots organization created in response to sedimentation, has been at the helm informing the public about impacts such as boat groundings, isolated communities, and the lake’s ecological vulnerability to collapse. By educating lake users, they hope to mobilize support for a large-scale restoration project, which requires a 35% local cost-share.

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Losing Lake Pepin: Time for unity, action against sedimentation

Red Wing Republican Eagle, 3/10/2018

Author: Mac Becco (formerly Consoer), Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance

As reported by Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance, boat groundings in upper Lake Pepin reached an all-time high last summer. Some readers commented that the danger is most formidable for visiting and infrequent boaters. While accurate, the rest of us aren’t immune from the underlying ailment facing Lake Pepin. Sedimentation is nearing ecological and social tipping points that will be disastrous for everybody. It’s time for us to heed the warnings and mobilize together for action.

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(VIDEO) Boat Groundings on Lake Pepin Lead to Study

KSTP Channel 5 Eyewitness News, 11/30/2017

Author: KSTP Channel 5 Eyewitness News

While the summer boating season has come to an end, it is still the topic of conversation around Lake Pepin - the iconic lake that forms the wide part of the Mississippi River near Red Wing. Boat groundings this summer were at an all-time high, with at least 30 boats needing rescue...

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Boaters Beware: Upper Lake Pepin Boat Groundings at an All-Time High

Red Wing Republican Eagle, 11/28/2017

Author: Mac Becco (formerly Consoer), Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance

Sedimentation continues to fill upper Lake Pepin and wreak havoc for boaters as groundings reach an all-time high. While the exact number of grounded boats is unknown, the local tow boat companies and the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office attest that this year may have set a record number.

With sedimentation rates 10 times above normal, low water levels this year created dangerous conditions for boat navigation with little room for error. The problem gains concern just as planning commences to strategically dredge areas that have filled in at the upper end of the lake.

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