September 11, 2012
Brush clearing got underway yesterday along the Minnesota River… KTOE News walked down under the train trestle with Public Works Director Mark Knoff to see the work that was getting started near the Highway 169 bridge south of town.
Knoff says the stretch of levy being cleared this year will run to Sibley Park, and is hard to get to and so needed clearing the most. "this happens to be one of the worst sections of our levy for regrowth... we have about seven miles of levy so it's a lot to maintain."
Brush and small trees will be cleared 15 feet from the river's edge, as required by the Army Corps of Engineers to maintain the integrity of the levy.
Knoff says the clearing will go on for about two weeks, and he has been coordinating the burning of the brush with the Department of Natural Resources and local fire officials. Burning is not expected to start until Wednesday.