Lake Management Plans (TMDL, SLMP) serve as guides for planning water quality projects. They include a variety of lake studies, stakeholder input, and recommendations based on hydrology, drainage, nutrient levels, and more. For areas that have been developed, retrofit studies seek to blend water quality improvements with what's already built on the landscape.
Black Lake SLMP (Appendices A & B included)
Gem Lake SLMP (Appendices A & B included)
VLAWMO partnered with the Ramsey Conservation District (RCD) and received a Clean Water Partnership Grant from the MN Pollution Control Agency (PCA) to do a study of the Lambert Creek Subwatershed. The study identified and recommended the placement of Best Management Practice (BMP) projects.
The subwatershed was divided into smaller catchments and analyzed to determine their pollutant loading into Lambert Creek. In all, 33 catchments were analyzed and 10 of those were selected to have computer modeling done to see how much effect BMPs would have to reduce the amount of pollution reaching the creek.
Increasing levels of pollutants found in the lake and surrounding subwatershed are what prompted this study to identify BMP locations for water quality improvement.
As impaired lakes at the top of the North Oaks Chain of Lakes, a retrofit study was deemed necessary to explore options of decreasing nutrients and making progress towards making these lakes healthier.