|12/30/2021 2:04:00 PM|
CL-FL Watershed District getting $400,000 to secure 19 acre parcel
The Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District was recently awarded $400,000 in state grant funds to preserve shoreline, wetlands, and forest adjacent to Forest Lake. The grant is through the Conservation Partners Legacy program, which provides funds for conservation projects that restore, enhance, or protect forests, wetlands, prairies, and habitat for fish, game, and wildlife in Minnesota. The $400,000 award is the maximum possible through this grant program and will cover 80 percent of the cost to purchase a 19-acre plot of land on Forest Lake’s east basin near the outlet of Cranberry Lake and public boat access.
This parcel is undeveloped with approximately 3,000 feet of naturally vegetated shoreline, 16 acres of open and forested wetlands, and almost three acres of mature forest. The Watershed District will preserve the natural resources on this land, which will help protect water quality and fisheries in Forest Lake for generations to come.
The Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District has been protecting and improving water resources like Forest Lake since its establishment in 1999. Over the years, the Watershed District has implemented numerous water quality improvement programs and projects. Within the Forest Lake drainage area, these efforts are currently preventing 768 pounds of phosphorus per year from entering the lake. One pound of phosphorus can support up to 500 pounds of algae growth, meaning these projects are preventing up to 384,000 pounds (192 tons) per year of algae from growing in Forest Lake.
Visit www.clflwd.org for more information about what the Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District is doing to improve water quality and fisheries in local lakes.