Rice Creek is a 7-mile-long stream with 1.9 miles designated as trout stream because its supports a population of brook trout.
Located in Bridgewater Township, it is the only coldwater trout fishery in Rice County. The stream is impaired for nitrates, turbidity, and E. Coli.
CRWP, Bridgewater Township, St. Olaf College and the Rice Creek Concerned Citizens Group are partnering on a study that will evaluate the current health of the stream by conducting biological and habitat assessments, studying food web structure and interactions, collecting bugs and fish, monitoring stream flow and water quality, profiling stream temperature, and identifying groundwater sources.
Information gained in this study will provide a valuable baseline before development, restoration activities, and will help guide these activities to improve and protect the future ecological health of Rice Creek.
The final project report will be completed by June 30, 2013. Until then you can learn more about the project by reading the following fact sheets.
This project is funded by a Clean Water Partnership Grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.