Forest Lake Wetland Treatment Basin Implementation

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Comfort Lake-Forest Lake WD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
In Progress
Start Date
January 2016
End Date
December 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of MN 2015 1st Special Session Chapter 2, Article 2, Section 7
Appropriation Language

Projects and Practices 2016: Laws of MN 2015 First Special Session Chapter 2, Article 7, Section 7

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The proposed project will reduce phosphorus loading to the eastern basin by an estimated 56 lbs per year.

Source of Additional Funds


Recipient Board Members
Members for Comfort Lake-Forest Lake WD are: Jackie Anderson, Jackie McNamara, Jon Spence, Stephen Schmaltz, Wayne Moe
Project Overview

Forest Lake is one of the top recreational lakes in the metro area with a diverse and healthy fishery along with thee public accesses. The water quality of Forest Lake also impacts downstream waters, particularly Comfort Lake, the Sunrise River, and ultimately Lake St. Croix. A water quality study was completed for Forest Lake identifying nutrient reduction goals to meet state water quality standards for all three basins of Forest Lake along with the Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District's (CLFLWD) long term goal water quality goals for the lake. This project is located on one of the eastern tributaries entering the most eastern basin of Forest Lake. This tributary is a known water quality concern and residents have reported algae blooms on several occasions near the outfall of this tributary. The wetland just upstream of the outfall to Forest Lake has been highly altered and degraded. This project proposes improvements to the wetland basin including excavation of nutrient rich sediments (documented based on sediment testing), restoration of native vegetative cover, protection of existing high quality native vegetation, and incorporation of native buffers surrounding the basin.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Comfort Lake-Forest Lake WD
Street Address
44 Lake Street South
Forest Lake
Zip Code
Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp