News Release Submitted to local papers
Clearwater Lake in Deerwood, MN lives up to its name. There are places you can see down over 12 feet! That is why it was so shocking when the lake had its first large algae bloom several years ago. This was something disturbingly new to Clearwater Lake.
The primary cause . . . Rainwater runoff! Rainwater passing through the rich shoreline soils wash nutrient into our lakes, feeding the algae. Fortunately on Clearwater, a major source of the problem was discovered and eliminated with corrective shoreline stabilization by the owner. The algae bloom also brought awareness to lake shore owners and the realization that EVERYONE’S shore is a contributing source.
A group of owners applied for a Community Partner Mini-Grant. Sponsored by Clearwater Lake Association, the grant was awarded by Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District. Funding was provided through the Community Partners Grant and Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment / Clean Water fund.
The project goals include implementing storm water reduction practices and planting almost 10,000 native plants. Another primary goal is to educate the public with seminars and hands on training.
Everyone is welcome to attend the seminar and workshops. You too can learn how you can protect water quality and help keep all of MN’s lakes clean.
For more information contact Kathy Peterson, Clearwater Lake Association board member and Mini-Grant Committee Chair at 612-801-7872.
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