Nearly 45 volunteers braved near freezing temperatures to “Rake for the Lake” on Sunday, Nov. 5 at Fish Point Park in Prior Lake. The clean-up was located at the park where the City of Prior Lake and the District just completed a water quality improvements project, which included native prairie plantings, wetland enhancements and installation of an iron-enhanced sand filter to treat incoming stormwater before it reaches Prior Lake.
Volunteers represented the Cub Scouts, Savage Area Women of Tomorrow, Prior Lake Association, the Prior Lake-Spring Lake Watershed District’s Citizen Advisory Committee, the District’s Board of Managers, the Mayor of Prior Lake and the City of Prior Lake and were joined by dedicated neighbors and friends.
The volunteers raked, blew and piled 1200 pounds of leaves that city staff removed and will use as a soil enhancement for their tree nursery. They also cut and pulled 880 pounds of buckthorn (one dump truck load) that was hauled to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s Organic Recycling Facility (ORF).
After the hard work was done, volunteers enjoyed hot beverages and snacks and had an opportunity to win a variety of great prizes donated by area merchants.
To check out pictures from the clean-up visit our Facebook page!
Fall and Spring Clean Water Clean-Ups are a Prior Lake tradition and this Fall’s clean-up was the seventh! Clean-ups began in the fall of 2014 and organizers are looking forward to the Spring of 2018! If you missed out, email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the email list for next spring’s event!