Baker Park Reserve Campground Ravine Stabilization, Lake Independence, Hennepin County

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Pioneer-Sarah Creek WMC
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2018
End Date
December 2020
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Details

Lake Independence is a highly valued, impaired resource located in western Hennepin County. Baker Park Reserve, owned and operated by the Three Rivers Park District (TRPD), provides over 4,500 feet of publically accessible shoreline on Lake Independence. Recent studies identified 2,200 feet of eroding channel within Baker Park Reserve that contributes 300 tons of sediment and 277 pounds of phosphorus to Lake Independence each year. The most cost-effective approach to address the major source of pollutant loading from the ravine is to install a series of rock grade control structures. Average annual phosphorus loads would be reduced by an estimated 134 per year. This reduction would accomplish 15% of the needed total watershed phosphorus load reduction.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Wayne Zellmer

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017, Chapter 91, Article 2, Section 7(b) (BWSR Projects and Practices 2018)
Appropriation Language

$6,882,000 the first year and $12,618,000 the second year are for grants to protect and restore surface water and drinking water; to keep water on the land; to protect, enhance, and restore water quality in lakes, rivers, and streams; and to protect groundwater and drinking water, including feedlot water quality and subsurface sewage treatment system projects and stream bank, stream channel, shoreline restoration, and ravine stabilization projects. The projects must use practices demonstrated to be effective, be of long-lasting public benefit, include a match, and be consistent with total maximum daily load (TMDL) implementation plans, watershed restoration and protection strategies (WRAPS), or local water management plans or their equivalents. A portion of these funds may be used to seek administrative efficiencies through shared resources by multiple local governmental units.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Average annual phosphorus loads to Lake Independence would be reduced by an estimated 134 pounds.

Source of Additional Funds


Recipient Board Members
Members for Pioneer-Sarah Creek WMC are: Bill Walraven, Brenda Daniels, Doug Baines, Elizabeth Weir, Fred Moore, Joe Baker, Joe Trainor, Johathan Bottema, Kevin Jullie, Lisa Whalen, Mike DeLuca, Mike Mclaughlin, Tom Cook
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Pioneer-Sarah Creek WMC
Street Address
3000 Xenium Ln N
Zip Code
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767