With North Center and South Center Lakes removed from the impaired waters list, Chisago Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) staff continue to work with landowners and community partners to advance positive water quality trends emerging throughout the 20-lake chain.
North Center and South Center were two of nine lakes in the 20-lake chain added to the impaired waters list in 2008. Removal requires meeting water quality standards for five consecutive years.
In Chisago County, the accomplishment reflects hundreds of conservation practices implemented over 10-plus years, stretching from lakeshore lawns to farm fields. Landowners' work with the SWCD and its partners has led to improving water quality trends throughout the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes.