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Interns, from left, Zach Bothun, Dylan Lines and Colin Wright assisted Paul Wymar, scientist with the Chippewa River Watershed Project, in work to determine the amount of steam bank erosion occurring in the watershed. Erosion from stream banks and farm fields are major sources of the sediment that causes turbidity levels in the river to exceed clean water standards. Submitted photo

Clearing the muddy Chippewa

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BENSON -- The Chippewa River continues to carry sediment to the Minnesota River by the dump truck load.

Last year it averaged about 88 tons a day, and in previous years it has been as high as an average of 186 tons, or nine dump truck loads a day, according to data collected by Paul Wymar, scientist with the Chippewa River Watershed Project.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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