Lake George Watershed Targeted BMP Analysis

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Anoka CD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2016
End Date
December 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Lake George is the premier recreational lake in Anoka County with above average water quality, a vibrant fishery, and a large regional park and beach that is among the most utilized in the county. Located in northwestern Anoka County within the Upper Rum River Watershed Management Organization (URRWMO), the Lake George Improvement District (LGID) was formed to tend to the lake's diminishing water quality and problematic invasive species. In the last decade, Lake George's lake grade according to Met Council's lake water quality report card has dropped from a consistent A grade to a consistent B grade. The Rum River WRAPS task force has preliminarily identified Lake George as a protection concern. The WRAPS will not, however, provide a specific implementation plan to address this lake resource. In effort to halt, and hopefully reverse the trend of declining water quality the LGID intends to implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) within the lake and throughout the watershed. Before this can be done, project opportunities and their associated costs and benefits must be ascertained. The purpose of this project is to identify water quality improvement opportunities throughout the watershed to achieve water quality management goals. SWAT, PTM App. or other suitable models will be used to model the watershed and the effect of selected BMPs within it. The model will be calibrated with hydrology and water quality monitoring data to ensure the highest degree of accuracy possible. This watershed level analysis is the first of two phases of project identification, modeling and cost-benefit analysis; with the second phase focusing on near-lake and in-lake project opportunities. Projects identified by this and subsequent efforts will be presented for incorporation into the Upper Rum River WMO's plan update scheduled for completion by the end of 2017.

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

Nicole Clapp

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of MN 2015 1st Special Session Chapter 2, Article 2, Section 7
Appropriation Language

Accelerated Implementation Grant 2016: Laws of MN 2015 First Special Session Chapter 2, Article 7, Section 7

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

A 78.4 ton/yr reduction (1%) of TSS and 90.2 lbs/yr of total phosphorus is anticipated with this project.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The subwatershed assessment was completed as proposed.

Proposed Outcomes Achieved
Achieved proposed outcomes
Source of Additional Funds


Recipient Board Members
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Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Anoka CD
Street Address
1318 McKay Dr NE, Ste 300
Ham Lake
Zip Code
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767