Meadow Lake is almost full again after winter drawdown
3:45 p.m.Friday, March 25, 2022
Meadow Lake in New Hope is three-quarters full again after a winter drawdown killed invasive species like fathead minnows and curly-leaved pondweed.
The Town of New Hope, the Shingle Creek Watershed Commission and the local lake association have partnered on this project. Funding came from a grant from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources.
“The lake has had different algal blooms and can smell at times during the summer,” said Nick Macklem of New Hope Public Works.
This week’s rain has been perfect for sealing the lake.
“The lake will be able to fill naturally. It will be filled by stormwater and snowmelt,” Macklem said.
Project supervisors from New Hope and the Shingle Creek Watershed Commission let’s say the frost level has dropped enough this winter to kill the invasive species.
“There are benefits to having a natural body of water in a suburban watershed,” said Nick Macklem of New Hope Public Works. “The goal is to improve water quality.
The lake will now be monitored for two years to ensure that the lake is getting closer to its natural state.
You can see the progress of the project here.
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