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. Busch Avenue - Center City, MN
  3. Chisago County Government Center
  4. Chisago County Government Center 2015
  5. Chisago Lake Lutheran Church
  6. Chisago Lakes Golf Course
  7. Chisago Lakes Watershed BMP Implementation
  8. CR 20 Gully Stabilization - North Center Lake
  9. County Road 20 Gully Stabilization Project
  10. Eichten Projects - Linn Lake
  11. Elm Street 2nd Ave Rain Garden - Lindstrom, MN
  12. Erickson Gully Stabilization - Green Lake
  13. Furgala/Labernik Rain Garden - Center City, MN
  14. Holmquist Water and Sediment Control Basins - Green Lake
  15. Kings Bluff Neighborhood Retrofit - Chisago City, MN
  16. Lake Avenue Dead End Street Project - Chisago City, MN
  17. Lakes Free Church
  18. Linden Street - City of Lindstrom
  19. Lindstrom Catchment L 29 Newlander Ave - Lindstrom, MN
  20. Loren's Park - Center City, MN
  21. Maple Street Neighborhood Rain Gardens - Lindstrom, MN
  22. Minimal Impact Design Standards
  23. Mobeck Avenue - Center City, MN
  24. Nelson Court Gully Stabilization - Center City, MN
  25. Northwoods Roasterie Rain Gardens - Lindstrom, MN
  26. Olinda Green Townhome Association
  27. Peninsula Avenue Rain Gardens - Lindstrom, MN
  28. Peters Gully Stabilization - Green Lake
  29. Pleasant Hill Park - Lindstrom, MN
  30. Pumphouse Park/Elm Street Project - Lindstrom, MN
  31. Rural Subwatershed Assessment
  32. South Center Lake Boat Launch - Lindstrom, MN
  33. Surfland Neighborhood Rain Gardens - Chisago City, MN
  34. Swedish Central Bank - Downtown Center City
  35. Swensons Lake House Restaurant - Center City, MN
  36. Vegetation Buffer Strips in Agricultural Areas