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Trail Closures and Construction


Contact: Gerry Shimek, Supervisory Wildlife Refuge Specialist, 952-858-0705

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge to close Black Dog Trail in
Burnsville until 12/31/14.

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) is working in conjunction with
the Metropolitan Council (Met Council) to fix an aging sewer line. Gerry Shimek,
Supervisory Wildlife Refuge Specialist at the refuge, stated that "The Met Council
Environmental Services is rehabilitating a 4 - 6 foot diameter raw sewage line
(referred to as an "interceptor") that is underneath the Black Dog Trail. Inspections
of the interceptor showed that it is starting to show it's age and Met Council wants
to fix it before there is a break that spills raw sewage. We believe that it is a good
thing, for the environment and for Refuge visitors, to repair the line before there are

Work will start on January 8, 2014 and is expected to run through December 31, 2014.
The trail will be closed because most of the pipe lies directly beneath it, and heavy
machinery will be used to replace the pipe. Some large trees will be removed from
along side the trail where more room is needed for heavy equipment operation. The
construction techniques have been reviewed and approved by the Refuge and other
regulatory agency staff. Project operations will be inspected or reviewed by Refuge
staff on a frequent basis. The Met Council agrees that the Refuge lands
require special attention to minimize damage. They are using state-of-the-art
techniques and flexible scheduling to minimize damage to Refuge resources. Met
Council is committed to restoring any areas they unavoidably damage as part of this

Work is also being done on the Bluff Trail. Watch for construction and heavy equipment.

Last Updated: Mar 28, 2014
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