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Sunrise River Highway-61 Wetland Enhancement

The proposed project diverts flow from an existing drainage ditch system out of Heims Lake at the Highway 61 culvert, through a pre-treatment cell, and then diffuses the flow into the wetland complex located on the Tax Forfeit property owned by the Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District (CLFLWD). The proposed project will result in annual phosphorus reductions of 89 lb/yr to the Sunrise River and 65 lb/yr to Comfort Lake which ultimately drains to the St. Croix River through the Sunrise River (these estimates were updated from the original concept and are based on the final project design).

The proposed project was identified for targeted implementation through the District’s 2012 Sunrise River Water Quality and Flowage Project Engineer's Report, the District’s 2012-2021 Watershed Management Plan, and the 2010 CLFLWD Six Lakes Total Maximum Daily Load Study. View the Feasibility Study and Project Factsheet for more information on the project.

The CLFLWD received a $492,000 Clean Water Fund (CWF) grant from the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) for this project as well as a $100,000 Section 319 grant and $300,499 from the Lower St. Croix Watershed Partnership. View the latest CWF grant report here.