Plan aims to bring clarity to north-metro lakes

  • Article by: Jim Anderson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 24, 2013 - 12:58 PM

Five lakes and one creek in northeastern Ramsey County will get a much-needed makeover to remove polluting nutrients.

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hoser212Sep. 23, 13 9:43 PM

Two corrections to the article: 1. Only commercial applications to lawns contain significant amounts of phosphorus. The state legislature of MN, in its ignorance, allows the commercial applicators to include phosphorus in its treatments while homeowner applications other than new seeding does not. The expectation was that commercial applicators would test lawns to see if phosphorus is necessary. Most do not, and as a result, those commercial lawns become a large source of free phosphorus. 2. While no game fish are intentionally harmed, netting almost always results in the mortality of some of them. Do not try to spin the story so that it seems like a win without any cost. Get the full complete story. Finally, realize that most phosphorus reduction projects take years to decades to remove enough phosphorus to change a lake from impaired to healthy. Silver Lake in Columbia Heights/St. Anthony Village is in about year 4-5 and likely will take another decade or two at several million dollars cost to clean up. This type of impairment took decades to occur and the cleanup does as well.

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nielsenoSep. 23, 1310:21 PM

Bullheads aren't game fish and I'm pretty sure living very long post netting is a goal in this case.

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mgmckeSep. 23, 1311:25 PM

You gotta love the MN government. White Bear Lake is going dry, and their working on it's poor, ugly step sister, Goose lake! How about we put that money towards fixing the lake everyone uses and then worry about the large pond to the west?

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allmineSep. 24, 13 1:10 PM

mgmcke--White Bear Lake is the way it is because of large houses being built and the watershed has been taken down to nothing. You are just worried about being able to jet or water ski and this is more about protecting a few other things besides that.

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