Improving and Protecting Local Water Quality

Lakeville Environmental Resources partners with local entities to implement water quality protection and enhancement projects within the City including stream restorations, stormwater improvements, lake health monitoring and aquatic invasive species prevention. Funding for projects comes from sources including (but not limited to): Clean Water Fund grants administered by the Board of Water and Soil Resources, Conservation Partners Legacy grants administered by the Department of Natural Resources, and Aquatic Invasive Species grants administered by Dakota County. Below are examples of keystone projects implemented since 2018, as well as additional annual water quality protection and enhancement efforts.

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  1. Stream Restorations

North Creek Channel Improvement

In 2022, the City improved 1.1 miles of North Creek (a tributary to the Vermillion River) through a partnership with the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization. The project helped reduce nutrient loading and improve water quality within the historically eroded channel by stabilizing channel banks and reconnecting the channel to its adjacent floodplain and wetlands.

Middle Creek Restoration

In 2020, the City began restoration of 1 mile of stream near the intersection of Dodd and Highview within the Pinnacle Reserve development. This stretch of Middle Creek has historically been characterized by eroding banks and defined channel incision. Coupling the restoration with new development has added a new wide stream buffer, rate control ponds and volume control practices to improve water quality. The restoration was completed in 2021.

South Creek Restoration

In 2018, a project restored a tributary of South Creek, a DNR-designated trout stream, separating it from a City stormwater pond. The project benefits included improved water quality, habitat enhancement and fisheries protection.

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In 2019, the City restored a channelized 1,400 linear feet of the stream. In addition, the project converted six acres of previously cropped land to native vegetation to act as a stream buffer and provide pollinator habitat.

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  1. Stormwater Improvements
  1. Lake Projects