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Creek and former wastewater treatment pond restored in Long Lake

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The clock has been turned back in Long Lake on a former wastewater treatment pond and a ditched creek that is a major contributor of pollution into Tanager Lake and Lake Minnetonka.

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD), Metropolitan Council, and City of Long Lake worked together to restore the pond, which was used for treating sewage until 1975, into a healthy wetland. The project also creates a new channel for Long Lake Creek, which was previously straightened and ditched.

It is one of several improvements that MCWD and its partners are planning for Long Lake Creek, which is known to carry significant amounts of unwanted nutrients and sediment Tanager Lake and Lake Minnetonka's Browns Bay. Tanager Lake is on the state's list of "impaired" waters for its high levels of nutrients.

The new stream and restored wetland, located just south of Highway 12, were put "online" and began taking water on Wednesday, April 15. The MCWD will continue to establish plantings throughout the year. Learn more about the projects.