Saint Mary's of the Lake Raingarden

Quick facts:

In October 2011, a 750 square foot raingarden was installed at the St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in White Bear Lake to capture stormwater from the property’s structural and paved surfaces.


Project funding was helped in part by a Clean Water Fund grant with the help of the Ramsey Conservation District.

Reason for project:

The raingarden was found in a study used to identify optimal best management projects that would reduce stormwater in the Lambert Creek subwatershed.


The Project removed existing and compacted soils to install a 12” layer of amended soils in the infiltration basin, surrounded with a retaining wall. The inlet features an 8 cubic foot pretreatment chamber to collect sediment and objects from entering the basin, simplifying maintenance.


The basin has proved to effectively capture and infiltrate stormwater from St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, and the native vegetation has grown in well and continues to flourish.


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4th and Otter Woodland Restoration

A woodland restoration at a key location adjacent to Birch Lake in White Bear Lake.

Birch Lake Sand-Iron Stormwater Filter

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Birch Lake North Shoreline Restoration

A 150 foot stretch of lakeshore on Birch Lake, in White Bear Lake was improved in the summer of 2010. In 2011-2012, an additional 700 feet of shoreline was restored on either side of the original planting area.

Charley Lake Channel Restoration

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Deep Lake Channel Restoration

This project will restore approximately 125 feet of shoreline in the Deep Lake Channel, just before it enters Pleasant Lake. The project will be completed in Fall 2015.
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