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Lower Coon Creek Corridor Restoration in Coon Rapids

The Coon Creek Watershed District in partnership with Anoka County Parks is restoring a portion of Coon Creek within the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.


  1. Reduce sediment & nutrient pollution
  2. Enhance habitat for native species
  3. Protect property

How it Works

  • We stabilize multiple eroding streambanks and stormwater outfalls by using
    • Rock riprap
    • Woody bank protection
    • Re-grading
    • Replace and repair infrastructure
    • armor gullies with rock
  • We add in-channel and stream corridor habitat features:
    • cross-vanes of rock to create pools and riffles
    • woody structure in and above the water
    • create backwater pools
    • remove invasive buckthorn and add native plantings along the channel

Project updates

Tentative project timeline:

Summer 2024: finalize agreements, permits, and design

Fall 2024: bidding, contractor selection, and contract

Winter 2024-Spring 2025: construction

Summer 2025: finalize site restoration

Project Overview

Example construction details

2023 Public Information Meeting Presentation

Questions? Contact Jon Janke, Director of Operations, Coon Creek Watershed District. Phone: 763-755-0975

For more details on other work occurring in the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park:


This project is funded by the Coon Creek Watershed District, the MN Clean Water Fund (Workplan here), and federal US EPA 319 funds in partnership with Anoka County Parks.

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