Rice Creek Watershed District

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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    The Rice Creek Watershed District last year completed its largest drainage system maintenance project to date on Brown’s Preserve in Forest Lake and Columbus. The project resulted in restored wetlands and a more effective drainage system. Brown’s Preserve was established as a state wildlife management area in 1988 when Henry and Elaine Houle […]

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For the past three years, the City of Forest Lake, the Comfort Lake – Forest Lake (CLFLWD) and Rice Creek (RCWD) watershed districts, and 14 other local units of government have collaborated on an educational program aimed at protecting and improving area lakes, streams and rivers.

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