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