Clear Lake

The city of Forest Lake’s Clear Lake Water Quality Treatment Project will lead to the treatment of water from a large area of the city before it drains to Clear Lake. Working in partnership with the Rice Creek Watershed District, the city received a $382,000 Clean Water Fund grant from the State of Minnesota’s Board [...]

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The rise of urban civilization has been tough on many aspects of the environment, including lakes. Humans have knowingly polluted aquatic bodies with discharge from factories and sewer systems. They have formed ditches and developed communities with manicured lawns, in the process sending nutrient-bearing water rushing into lakes rather than filtering through the ground.

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With action taken by the Economic Development Authority Monday night, the Forest Lake City Center project is essentially bid out. Besides future change orders, that means the total cost can be estimated with confidence.

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Clear Lake is in good shape. The 432-acre body of water in southern Forest Lake is considered a Tier 1 lake by the Rice Creek Watershed District, meaning it routinely provides recreational opportunities and represents a high-quality resource for fish and wildlife.

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