3.4 Ecological Integrity
- Most of the subwatershed is
characterized by large open areas of forest, grasslands, and wetlands
punctuated by agriculture and low density development. Intensive uses are concentrated along
the US Highway 12 corridor in the City of Maple Plain. The Baker Park Reserve includes large
areas of minimally disturbed wetland and woodland, including tamarack
- No fish or aquatic vegetation surveys
have been completed on Katrina
Lake, and there is
no public access.
- Macroinvertebrate communities in Painter
Creek are limited by its low gradient, frequent wetland reaches, water
quality, and lack of habitat.
- The Painter Creek Feasibility Study identified a corridor of
wetlands, uplands, floodplain, and steep slopes that could be considered
for conservation to improve Painter Creek water quality and ecological