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A spark for water quality


As part of an ongoing project to improve water quality, University of Minnesota students conducted an electrofishing survey on Aug. 23 on several stretches of the north branch of Dobbins Creek in the Brownsdale area. The work is one aspect of a nearly $2.1 million project launched in 2014 by the Cedar River Watershed District to restore the water quality of Dobbins Creek, which feeds Austin’s East Side Lake before joining the Cedar River. Various types of small fish were found during the study, including creek chub, white sucker, common shiner, southern red belly dace, black-nosed bass, bluntnose minnow, green side darter, big mouth shiner and fan tail darter. Photos provided

See a video by the group at www.facebook.com/CedarRiverWD/?fref=ts