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Bixby Park Water Quality Improvement Project

This project improved the function of an existing ditched wetland complex located in Bixby Park in the City of Forest Lake. Bixby Park is located at the southeast corner of the intersection of Highway 35 and Highway 8. The City of Forest Lake partnered with the CLFLWD on this project by providing access to the land on which the project will be located. Project construction was completed in early 2016.

This project, among other recommended projects, was identified as a result of the Sunrise River Water Quality and Flowage Study.

The project enhanced wetland habitat and will improve the water quality of the Sunrise River, Comfort Lake, and ultimately the St. Croix River. The project increases the interaction between the natural floodplain and wetland, increased storage capacity (i.e. the amount of water that the wetland can hold), and improved habitats by restoring disturbed wetland areas with native vegetation. In addition, a permeable filter berm was added to the outlet of the wetland to remove additional dissolved phosphorus from the water. This project is predicted to result in removal of 206 pounds of phosphorus per year.

The CLFLWD applied for and received a $360,750 Clean Water Fund (CWF) grant from the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR). More information and a location map of the project can be found on the Clean Water Story, Project Fact Sheet and Project Summary Presentation.

Read: Chisago-petitioned project underway; watershed district board organizes for 2016

          Bixby Park wetland project to reduce phosphorus in water by 206 lbs. per year

          University of St. Thomas Research Project: Bixby Park Groundwater Impacts