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