Fisheries Biologist Chris Domeier of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be the featured expert giving a presentation on the health of the fish in the Minnesota River at a special presentation to be held at the Montevideo/Chippewa County Public Library on May 16th (Wednesday) at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Domeier grew up on the family farm near New Ulm where he spent time fishing on the Minnesota River. Today, he is the assistant fisheries supervisor working out of the DNR's Ortonville office. Domeier's job is to improve the fisheries in the Minnesota River Basin. He has overseen projects to remove lowhead dams at Appleton and Dawson. This summer, Domeier will work with the city of Montevideo to remove the dam on the Chippewa River in Lagoon Park and replace it with a set of rapids or rock weirs to help fish migration and improve safety for paddlers.
The event is being sponsored by the Water Resources Center (WRC) at the Minnesota State University Mankato in cooperation with local partner Clean Up the River Environment (CURE). Domeier is one of the many individuals from throughout the Minnesota River Watershed that the WRC is featuring through its "Ask an Expert" series of online videos designed to increase community awareness about the health of the Minnesota River.
Ask an Expert video computer kiosks will be set up in four educational centers along the Minnesota River at the Ney Nature Center, Henderson; Treaty Site History Center, St. Peter; Regional River History Center, New Ulm; and the new Chamber of Commerce office at the K.K. Berge Building in downtown Granite Falls.
Created in 1987, the Water Resources Center at Minnesota State University Mankato serves as a regional center for environmental research and information exchange. The program is strengthened by the diversity of partnership and nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools and individual citizens all working on behalf of the Minnesota River Basin. For more information, contact Kim Musser at 507-389-5307