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GreenStep City Best Practices Environmental Management

Surface Water
no. 19

Improve local water bodies to sustain their long-term ecological function and community benefits.
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Create/assist a Lake Improvement District.

  • Minnesota Statutes allow local citizen initiatives to petition counties to create lake improvement districts in order to address specific concerns within a lake watershed that cannot be addressed under normal governmental actions. Citizens and local governments, including cities, willing to undertake such initiatives and tax themselves, benefit from greater local involvement in the management of their own lakes. DNR Waters provides oversight and assistance.
  • Sustainable Lakes Planning Workbook: A Lake Management Model (Minnesota Waters: 2000) may be useful to a lake improvement effort.
Work with property owners proximate to a lake to either create a new LID, to help an existing LID set priorities for desired lake management activities, or to find funding (city and other) to strengthen a lake association.
Report on measurable improvements resulting from the expenditure of LID tax dollars on lake management activities throughout the lakeshed.
Establish or expand existing LID membership to entire lakeshed to set priorities for desired lake management activities.

Arden Hills

Date action report first entered:   10/12/2017
Date of last report update:   10/18/2017
Year action initially completed:   2011
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The City works with the Karth Lake Improvement District, which is comprised of property owners around Karth Lake. The LID's duties include managing the lake water level, monitoring water quality, and maintaining public beaches and docks. The LID meets at City Hall and the Public Works Director/City Engineer serves at the City staff liaison to the board.

For more information contact:
Mike Mrosla (City staff)   |   mmrosla@cityofardenhills.org   |   6517927822

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New Brighton

Date action report first entered:   04/27/2018
Date of last report update:   04/27/2018
Year action initially completed:   2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
(see attachment for additional information) Long Lake is different invasive vegetation that is impacting the quality of the water and the health of the Lake itself. Members of the Long Lake Improvement Association (LLIA) have approached the City with this concern asking for assistance in finding a funding source to address this concern. The LLIA has been working with state and county agencies as well as the City of New Brighton attempting to find a source of long term funding to address this issue. The LLIA’s intent is to secure funding from a variety of sources starting in 2018 and beyond, so it is understood that the funding from New Brighton is meant to address the immediate need of this year and not to be expected by any party to be a continuing source of funding.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Pike Lake association has been active and successful at eliminating invasive species. We hope this success will be expanded to all water bodies in New Brighton.

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For more information contact:
Craig Schlichting (City staff)   |   craig.schlichting@newbrightonmn.gov   |   651-638-2056

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Date action report first entered:   05/01/2013

Implementation details:
The Snail Lake Improvement District Board provides recommendations to the City Council on matters relating to the management of Snail Lake. In addition to the augmentation of Snail Lake, the Board may become involved in a number of lake-regulated issues including: the maintenance of public beaches, docks and other facilities; and the implementation of lake water conservation programs.

Descriptive links: http://www.shoreviewmn.gov/resources/snail-lake-improvement-district-board

For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff)   |   ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov   |   651-490-4665

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Fergus Falls pending

Date action report first entered:   01/14/2016
Date of last report update:   01/14/2016

Implementation details:
The Beautiful Fergus Falls committee has been focusing on improvements to Lake Alice

For more information contact:
Len Taylor (City staff)   |   len.taylor@ci.fergus-falls.mn.us   |   218-332-5418

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pending means a star rating has not yet been assigned to this city

greenstep advisor
Daniel Petrik, Land Use Specialist, MN Dept. of Natural Resources: 651/259-5697, Daniel.Petrik@state.mn.us