Fountain Lake Fish Barriers

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Outdoor Heritage Fund
Shell Rock River Watershed District
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
July 2009
End Date
June 2012
Activity Type
Land Acquisition
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
ML 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subdivision 5(f)
Appropriation Language

$655,000 in fiscal year 2010 is to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the Shell Rock River Watershed District to construct fish barriers at three locations on Fountain Lake. Land acquisition necessary for fish barrier construction is permitted. A list of proposed projects, describing the types and locations of barriers, must be provided as part of the required accomplishment plan. The commissioner of natural resources must agree to each proposed barrier.

2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Measurable Outcome(s)

Restored 3 shallow lakes, protect 20 miles of habitat buffers along streams

Source of Additional Funds

Shell Rock River Watershed District

Project Overview

As a result of the installation of the two fish barriers, one on Wedge Creek and one on White Lake, we have kept Common Carp from migrating from Fountain Lake into the shallow upstream basins. This has helped improve the water clarity and water quality in the upstream areas which are now excluded from Common Carp. Since these upstream areas are interconnected to Fountain Lake, water quality in Fountain Lake has also improved. Secchi disk readings on Fountain Lake were the best on record in 2010, averaging 2.7 feet of water clarity. Fountain Lake is now meeting the MN PCA water clarity standard of 2.3 feet.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Shell Rock River Watershed District
Street Address
411 Broadway
Albert Lea
Zip Code