The Ramsey Conservation District funded a design-engineering study to identify needed improvements along Lambert Creek. In 2007, VLAWMO replaced two flumes (at Oakmede Lane and Kohler Road), improved road drainage areas along Kohler Road and constructed water quality pond improvements just north of Kohler Road at Thomas Pond. The work for these projects was completed in December 2007. A third flume was purchased and was installed near County Road F in 2008. The County Road F flume required replacement in the winter of 2010.
Grant money through the Minnesota Clean Water Partnership Grant was secured by the Ramsey Conservation District for the flume installs and replacement.
These three flumes along Lambert Creek provide safe and reliable access points for data sampling and monitoring, as well as points to measure streamflow and volume discharge.
A flume is installed on a section of selected creek by placing a control structure in the streambed where a watercourse flows through. All three of the Lambert Creek flumes are fiberglass shells fitted on top of cement bases that form the dam that the headwater must flow through.
All three flumes are in great shape and have played a crucial role in VLAWMO’s regular Creek Monitoring Program, and its multiyear E. coli Source Identification Project. Streambank restoration projects have since been carried out downstream from both the Oakmede and Koehler flumes.
VLAWMO monitors Lambert Creek flow rates, water levels, and macroinvertebrate data using open-source technology. Live information from four creek monitoring locations is available at the following links: