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In 2019, the District hired Waterfront Restoration to supplement the DNR’s boat inspections at the public boat launches to prevent the spread of AIS (aquatic invasive species), such as zebra mussels. The DNR staffed inspectors for a limited number of hours at the Prior Lake and Spring Lake boat launches. However, the District wanted additional coverage at the Spring Lake boat launch, particularly because Spring Lake does not currently have zebra mussels while Prior Lake does; consequently Waterfront Restoration was hired to provide additional inspection hours.
For a summary of Waterfront Restoration’s work and what they found during their inspections this summer in Scott County, take a look at their report presented at the District’s November board meeting here.View Full Article AIS
The District will host a meeting for the public to provide comments on the draft of the District’s ten-year Management Plan on Thursday, November 21 at 6:30 PM. The meeting will review guiding principles and measurable goals, projects and programs to be implemented during the next ten years and will be held at the Prior Lake City Hall, 4646 Dakota Street SE, Prior Lake, MN 55372.
The 2020 Water Resources Management Plan will direct the District’s work and priorities for the next ten years. A copy of the latest draft plan can be found on our website at under the Projects and Programs tab. For additional information contact Diane Lynch, District Administrator, at 952-440-0067 or firstname.lastname@example.org.View Full Article 2020 Management Plan, WRMP, Water Resources Management Plan
Neighbors of The Woods at The Wilds Park will notice things looking a little different at the Prior Lake City park. If they failed to notice the towering piles of cut buckthorn stacked at the park, they might realize that you can now see into the kaleidoscope-colored woods and through to the wetland beyond.
On Sunday, a small legion of volunteers descended onto the park to remove buckthorn and rake leaves at this fall’s Clean Water Clean-Up. The small park was a hive of activity with nearly 40 volunteers hard at work. The volunteers removed nearly all of the buckthorn at the park which City staff shredded into 44 cubic yards of wood chips weighing an estimated 12 tons; and raked up half a dump truck load of leaves! These fabulous results were accomplished over the span of just a few hours. The event was co-hosted by the Prior Lake-Spring Lake Watershed District and the City of Prior Lake and several area businesses generously donated door prizes.
Removing the buckthorn from the park opened up the understory of the park’s woods and will allow the native shrubs and understory plants to flourish and give trees seedlings a chance to grow without buckthorn there to choke them out.
Buckthorn is an invasive shrub originally from Europe; it frequently takes over the understory of forested areas in Minnesota, crowding out native plants and often eliminating plant diversity in the forest understory. Buckthorn is easy to spot this time of year as it is one of the few things that is still dark green; if you see dark green shrubs in the understory layer now, chances are good that it’s buckthorn.
Have buckthorn in your backyard? Now is a great time to remove it! The City of Prior Lake has buckthorn pullers available for residents to borrow at no cost. Call Barb at 952-447-9896 for more information. You can find out how to identify buckthorn and manage it on our website here.
Missed out on the fun? The District and the City will be hosting another clean-up this spring. Stay tuned by checking the Watershed District or City websites or email email@example.com to be added to the email notification list.View Full Article CWCU, buckthorn, clean up, clean water clean up, clean-up
Outlet Structure was opened today! The Outlet Structure main gate had been closed, stopping all water from leaving Prior Lake and preventing flow from reaching the outlet channel, in order to accommodate a construction project repairing bank erosion caused by the 2014 flood. The project was funded mostly by FEMA. The Outlet Structure and Low-Flow Gate will be open for the rest of 2019 so you will see lake levels will begin to drop.View Full Article