2.4.1 Present Land Use

The predominant land use in the subwatershed is agricultural, followed by vacant or undetermined areas and park and open space (see Figure 7).  Much of the vacant land is large wetland or woodland tracts or grass and shrubland.  Most of the impervious area is concentrated in a few areas of low-density residential development in Victoria and Laketown Township.   Some large agricultural uses are present in Laketown Township, Victoria and St. Bonifacius.  There are also other areas scattered throughout the west central and northwest parts of the subwatershed.

Table 2.  Percent of Six Mile Marsh subwatershed by 2000 land use.

Land Use 2000

Acres

% of Subwatershed

Agricultural

5,019.4

29.5%

Vacant or Undetermined

4,267.2

25.1%

Parks and Open Space

3,727.3

21.9%

Water

2,403.8

14.7%

Single - Family Residential

1,211.3

7.1%

Institutional

172.9

1.0%

Roads and Highways

105.2

0.6%

Industrial

57.9

0.1%

Commercial

51.3

0.3%

Multi - Family Residential

16.6

0.01%

 

17,032.9

 

Source: Metropolitan Council.  See Figure 7.