Land Use Practices

One of the goals of the Lake Improvement District is to encourage environmentally sound land use practices for urban and agricultural areas to protect water quality within the Chisago Lakes Watershed. Lakes, rivers, forests, and farms all depend on the replenishing waters of rain and snow.

However, when rain falls on land and impervious surfaces such as paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops, it can wash away soil and sediments.
  • Polluted runoff containing oil, grease, chemicals, nutrients, metals, litter and pathogens will severely reduce water quality.
  • Stormwater runoff, or snow melt, can change both water quality and quantity, affecting our water resources physically, chemically, and biologically.
The Lake Improvement District actively works with local partners, including cities and the Soil and Water Conservation District, to install projects which reduce pollution entering the lakes.

Pollution Reduction Projects

  1. Chisago Lake Lutheran Church
  2. Chisago Lakes Golf Course
  3. Lakes Free Church
  4. Linden Street - City of Lindstrom
  5. Olinda Green Townhome Association
  6. Swedish Central Bank - Downtown Center City
  7. Vegetation Buffer Strips in Agricultural Areas
  8. Swensons Lake House Restaurant - Center City, MN
  9. Busch Avenue - Center City, MN
  10. Mobeck Avenue - Center City, MN
  11. Chisago County Government Center 2015
  12. CR 20 Gully Stabilization - North Center Lake
  13. Eichten Projects - Linn Lake
  14. Elm Street 2nd Ave Rain Garden - Lindstrom, MN
  15. Erickson Gully Stabilization - Green Lake
  16. Holmquist Water and Sediment Control Basins - Green Lake
  17. Kings Bluff Neighborhood Retrofit - Chisago City, MN
  18. Lindstrom Catchment L 29 Newlander Ave - Lindstrom, MN
  19. Nelson Court Gully Stabilization - Center City, MN
  20. Peters Gully Stabilization - Green Lake
  21. Minimal Impact Design Standards
  22. Chisago Lakes Watershed BMP Implementation
  23. Rural Subwatershed Assessment
  24. 295th Street Neighborhood Retrofit - Lindstrom, MN
  25. Furgala/Labernik Rain Garden - Center City, MN
  26. Lake Avenue Dead End Street Project - Chisago City, MN
  27. Loren's Park - Center City, MN
  28. Pleasant Hill Park - Lindstrom, MN
  29. Pumphouse Park/Elm Street Project - Lindstrom, MN
  30. South Center Lake Boat Launch - Lindstrom, MN
  31. Surfland Neighborhood Rain Gardens - Chisago City, MN
  32. Chisago County Government Center
  33. County Road 20 Gully Stabilization Project
  34. Maple Street Neighborhood Rain Gardens - Lindstrom, MN
  35. Northwoods Roasterie Rain Gardens - Lindstrom, MN
  36. Peninsula Avenue Rain Gardens - Lindstrom, MN
  37. Bayview Apartments Stormwater Pond Retrofit - Center City
  38. Best Management Practice Maintenance Program
  39. Bruce Olson Wetland Restoration - Center City
  40. Vegetated Swale and Minnesota Filter - Center City
  41. Chisago Lakes High School Stormwater Pond Retrofit
  42. County Road 24 Gully Stabilizations - Chisago Lakes Township
  43. Enhanced Streep Sweeping - Lindstrom
  44. Minnesota Avenue Gully Stabilization - Chisago Lakes Township
  45. Olinda Trail Gully Stabilization - Lindstrom
  46. Urban and Shoreline Best Management Practices
  47. Whispering Bay Gully Stabilization - Lindstrom
  48. Brian Olson Grassed Waterway and Diversion - Center City
  49. Craig Peltier Water and Sediment Control Basins and Diversion
  50. John Lelwica Water and Sediment Control Basins, Grassed Waterway and Diversion
  51. Nelson Court Shoreline Stabilization and Pervious Pavement - Center City
  52. Kent Reed Water and Sediment Control Basins and Diversion - Center City