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A Watershed is an area of land that rain and snowmelt flows over on its way to entering a lake, river or wetland. A watershed is like a funnel – collecting water within the drainage area and channeling it into a stream, river or lake. Even if your home is not next to a lake, river or wetland, you still live in a watershed and the rain and snowmelt from your property flows to area lakes and rivers.
The Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed contains the communities of Center City, Lindstrom, and large portions of Chisago City and Chisago Lakes Township. Approximately 14,100 people live in the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.
The Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed contains many of the premier recreational lakes in the northeast metro area. There are 19 lakes in the Watershed including North & South Center, North & South Lindstrom, Chisago and Green Lakes. Combined there are over 7,000 acres of lakes within the Watershed and many miles of streams.
Runoff water drains through many streams into the lakes. The water eventually flows from the Watershed into the Sunrise River via Bloomquist Creek. Water then flows north to the St. Croix River. What we do in the Chisago Lakes Watershed has an effect on the Sunrise River and the St. Croix.
The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District was first established in 1976 by resolution of the Chisago County Board of Commissioners. The District was reactivated by resolution of the County Board in 1984 and is a taxing district. The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District was established because of high water in area lakes. Shoreland homes were being flooded. The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District installed a system of channels and weirs designed to drain excess water during times of high water. The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District boundary was established as the best approximation of the watershed area at that time.
Over time, many lakes and streams within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed have become degraded. Degradation of our waters is harmful to fish habitat and negatively impacts recreational value by making swimming, boating and living near the lakes less desirable.
As a result, in 2009 the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District expanded its mission to protect and restore the surface water resources of the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed. Minnesota Statutes 103B.521 states the boundary of a lake improvement district shall be encouraged to be as consistent as practical with natural hydrologic boundaries.
The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District Board of Directors is composed of 5 members representing specific areas and 2 at large Directors. The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District Board provides policy recommendations to the Chisago County Board of Commissioners. The Board of Directors represent areas covering the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes watershed. Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District Board of Directors area representation
The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District actively promotes programs to:• Encourage environmentally sound land use practices for urban and agricultural areas to protect water quality within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.• Maintain the ditch and weir system in order to control water levels during high water events.• Preserve, protect and enhance water quality within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.• Promote environmental education, awareness and stewardship within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.• Promote the reduction of non-native aquatic invasive species.• Protect, encourage and restore native shoreline to improve fish and wildlife habitat.• Restore, improve and maintain navigation channels between the lakes.• Support safe and balanced recreational use of surface water.
The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District is an effective organization put in place to protect and restore area lakes and streams. It is funded through an annual budgeting process.
The 1984 map and 2009 map are similar but not the same. Overlap of 1984 and 2009 maps The majority of parcels identified in both maps are the same. There are a number of parcels in the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed that are not included in the original 1984 Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District boundary map. Some parcels in the 1984 Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District map are outside the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.
In 2009 the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District Board of Directors adopted the official Minnesota Department of Natural Resources map of the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed. The Board made the decision to work on projects throughout the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed and not limit projects to the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District taxation area identified in 1984. The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District Water Resource Management Plan, mission, goals, objectives and by-laws are based on the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.
In December 2014, the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District Board of Directors passed a motion to recommend that the Chisago County Board of Commissioners begin the process of adjusting the original 1984 Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District taxation boundary to match the official 2009 Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed developed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
In March 2015, the Chisago County Board of Commissioners passed a motion to prepare a Resolution of Intent initiating the process to evaluate and potentially adjust the taxation boundary to be consistent with the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed boundary.
On May 20, 2015 the Chisago County Board of Commissioners approved a Resolution of Intent to re-establish the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District consistent with the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed boundary.
Thanks to financing provided by area residents and multiple state and federal grants, the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District participates in many projects to protect and restore lakes and streams. A prerequisite of most state and federal water quality improvement grants is that a local unit of government provide a portion of the funding. By supplying these funds, the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District has been instrumental in helping the entire Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed receive well over a million dollars ($1,000,000) in state and federal grants.
The following fact sheets highlight Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District activities that benefit lakeshore, non-lakeshore, city, and rural residents.
295th Street Neighborhood Retrofit – LindstromAquatic Invasive Species TreatmentChisago County Children’s Water FestivalChisago County Water Quality and Aquatic Invasive Species MonitoringChisago Lakes Watershed Best Management Practices ImplementationCarp ManagementDitch and Weir MaintenanceFish Kill DisposalFurgala/Labernik Rain Garden – Center CityGroundwater Observation WellsHook, Line and Sinker Recycling Program and SummaryLake Avenue Dead End Street Project – Chisago CityLake Level Monitoring ProgramLake Level GraphsSummary for Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed lake level monitoring activitiesLake Water Quality MonitoringLoren’s Park – Center CityMinimal Impact Design StandardsNorth Center North Lindstrom ChannelPleasant Hill Park – LindstromPublic Outreach and AwarenessPumphouse Park/Elm Street Project – LindstromRural Subwatershed AssessmentSeptic System ComplianceSlow No-Wake OrdinanceSouth Center Lake Boat Launch – LindstromSurfland Neighborhood Rain Gardens – Chisago CitySwamp Lake Outlet EasementsUrban and Shoreline Best Management PracticesWater Trail SystemWatercraft Inspection ProgramWatercraft Inspection Report
Chisago Lakes Achievement CenterChisago Lakes ArcheryChisago Lakes Area ISD #2144Chisago Lakes Area Community FoundationChisago Lakes Area LibraryChisago Lakes Area Rugby ClubChisago Lakes ArenaChisago Lakes Baptist SchoolChisago Lakes Chamber of CommerceChisago Lakes Community EducationChisago Lake Evangelical Lutheran ChurchChisago Lakes Golf CourseChisago Lakes High SchoolChisago Lakes Hockey AssociationChisago Lakes Hoops ClubChisago Lakes Lake Improvement DistrictChisago Lakes Lions ClubChisago Lakes Mutual Insurance CompanyChisago Lakes Primary SchoolChisago Lakes Protection and Restoration PlanOthers…
The Chisago Lakes Watershed provides outstanding recreational opportunities. The lakes are a tremendous asset to the community and the reason many people live here and identify with the area. The lakes boost the local economy by boosting tourism. The lakes provide a sense of place and community.
Over time, many lakes and streams within the Watershed have become degraded. Degradation of our waters is harmful to fish habitat and negatively impacts recreational value by making swimming, boating and living near the lakes less desirable.
North & South Center, Linn, Little, Ogren, Pioneer, School, and Wallmark Lakes are impaired, meaning these lakes do not meet water quality standards established by the State of Minnesota for lakes in this area. Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed impaired waters map
The Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District, with partial funding provided by the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District, is installing projects throughout the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed that improve the quality of water entering area lakes and streams.
Currently, approximately 5,650 parcels are assessed an average of $41 per parcel per year. If the tax boundary were adjusted to be consistent with the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed boundary approximately 1,400 parcels would be added. In addition, approximately 60 parcels outside the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed would be removed. This would result in a total of approximately 7,050 parcels in the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.
If the total tax levy remains at $232,000 then the average annual assessment would be $33 per parcel. 5,650 parcels would receive an annual tax decrease of $8 and 1,400 parcels would receive an annual tax increase of $33.
If a parcel is entirely within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed boundary it will be included in the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District.
If more than 50% of the land area of a parcel is within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed boundary it is proposed to be included in the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District.
If 50% or less of the land area of a parcel is within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed boundary it is not proposed to be included in the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District.
If a parcel is entirely outside the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed boundary it will not be included in the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District.
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Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail - Trail Heads are located as follows:* Shafer - 30269 Tern Ave* Shafer - 30320 Redwing Ave
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Community Shared Solar or Community Solar Gardens (which are the same thing) specifically refer to projects "whereby subscribers (at least 5) receive a bill credit for the electricity generated in proposition to the size of their subscription."
However, solar has been seen as a catalyst for folks to use less energy, because they start to focus on ways they can save energy to make their solar go further. Hopefully participation in community-solar will also serve that function.
If, however, you move to a different utility territory, to a non-adjacent county, or to a different state, you could no longer participate in the same solar garden. Your options would be to (a) sell your subscription back at fair market value, (b) donate it to a non-profit, or (c) transfer it to another family member.
Your solar garden operator keeps track of subscriptions and will handle the customer care role of processing any necessary changes.
Agralite Electric Cooperative, Arrowhead Electric Cooperative, Inc., Beltrami Cooperative, Connexus Energy, Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative Services,Kandiyohi Power Coop, Lake Region Electric Cooperative, McLeod Cooperative Power, Minnesota Power (proposed), Moorhead Public Service, People's Energy Cooperative, Redwood Electric Cooperative, Runestone Electric Association, South Central Electric Cooperative, Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric, Stearns Electric Association, Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association, and Xcel Energy have existing programs. Potential participants in other territories will need to work with their local utilities to move a project forward.
Once a project is available, participants can sign on if they are a member/customer of a utility and located in the same county where a project is located, or the adjacent county. In plain English, that means you can subscribe to a project in Xcel Energy territory located in Hennepin County as long as you are an Xcel Energy Customer and live in either Hennepin County or any of its surrounding counties (i.e., Ramsey, Dakota, Scott, Carver, Wright, Sherburne, or Anoka).
Again, if there isn't a project close to you, then you can serve as the catalyst to kick start one.
We never recommend one entity over another, but we pose questions a group or individual ought to ask of a potential developer:
- Do they have staying power to be around for the next 25 years? What is their background, and do they have the right experience?- Who will be the entity to conduct the maintenance on the system? Has the contractor or developer set aside enough money to do on-going work?- Have they secured the insurance for the project and covered all of their legal bass to move a project forward?- Is this developer willing to listen to your interests and motivations and use those to tailor the project?
Others could also play host, like a closed landfill, or a brownfield. Ideally you do not want to take up "green space" or prime agricultural land that could have a higher value used elsewhere.
Another consideration to keep in mind: a 1 MW project can require an area with either 3-8 acres of land or 100,000 sq feet of roof space (ideally a new roof).
You also need to make sure you're in it for the long haul. If you want to lease your roof space to a project, you'll need to do that for 25 years at minimum, and be an entity that will be around for 25 years to stick to the agreement.
If you have questions about the tax implications of participating in a project, you should seek professional tax advise.
Community solar gardens are a simple way to go solar. You purchase an up-front subscription, then soak in the rays (much of Minnesota is as sunny as places like Houston, TX and Tallahassee, FL).
- Subscribers: individual entities who get solar power- Developer: primary group organizing the solar garden- Host Site: location where solar garden is installed- Finance: sources of financing for the project- Utility: electricity provider where solar garden is installed- Site Assessor: expert that studies solar garden location- Installer: expert that installs the solar garden- Outreach Partners: groups that find subscribers
You will receive this letter regardless if your mortgage company is escrowing for your taxes and intend to pay them. If you would like to obtain a copy of the tax statement see the Property Tax Information website. You will need to provide your parcel identification number or your address.
Mobile home tax statements are mailed out in July.
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