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Washington Judicial Ditch 6 Wetland Restoration

The proposed project will restore approximately 1.5-acres of wetland including sediment excavation and vegetation rehabilitation. The current wetland condition is partially drained by a small private ditch that flows into WJD-6 and eventually into Forest Lake, and 100% dominated by a monotype of reed canary grass. The excavation and scraping will provide for deeper pools along with large shallow wetland benches to promote nutrient uptake. This design will create a longer flow path and promote nutrient uptake in the saturated wetland benches. Creating a wetter regime should also promote improved vegetation and habitat diversity. This project is
estimated to reduce P loading by approximately 38 lb/yr, achieving 40% of the remaining WJD-6 subwatershed P reduction goal.

This project was identified as a result of the Forest Lake Diagnostic Study and subsequent WJD-6 Assessment and Feasibility Study.

The CLFLWD received a $386,000 Clean Water Fund (CWF) grant from the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) for this project. View the CWF grant application here.