Crow Wing SWCD releases Pine River Dam fish project video

A heron hunts below the Pine River dam Saturday, Sept. 26. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District recently released a start-to-finish video footage of the Pine River Fish Passage Project.

The five-minute video gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the process and actions taken to replace the rock dam with a five-rock weir structure.

“The dam has been blocking fish passage for more than 47 years. This was about restoring fish passage and aquatic habitat passage where there had been none,” Beth Hippert, lead project manager, stated in a news release.

The fish passage corridor that connects downstream habitats and to the arched rock structures that direct and diffuse high streamflow can be seen in the YouTube video.

“Every time projects like this happen, the general public learns a little bit more (about) how we’re all interconnected. Reopening the fish passage and solving the erosion issues will protect the resources and support ecological health far into the future,” Hippert stated.


The project was a great example of local governments and citizens groups working together to make the community a better place, according to district officials, and the Outdoor Heritage Fund was crucial to getting the project completed.

Minnesota Native Landscape completed the project construction. Funding was provided from the Outdoor Heritage Fund as part of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. The videography was completed by Red Canoe Cre8tive.

To watch the video, visit .

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