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Fish Lake closer to getting off impaired waters list
Fish Lake has postcard-like views and gives seclusion to residents. There are also boating and swimming opportunities for the thousands who use the lake each year.

"It is a slice of paradise and the thing is we are sharing it," said Dave Haas, who has been on the lake since 1998.

But there's trouble in paradise. Fish Lake has a phosphorous problem.

"It's laying at the bottom of the lake," Haas said. "It gets stirred up during warm periods of the summer and it just stimulates the algae to grow."

Haas says the water is often cloudy and green.

"In the middle of August when it gets its worst, I can be standing on my shoreline here knee deep in water and I can't see my toes," Haas said. "It creates a big problem."

Now, However, Haas says Fish Lake is ready for a comeback. Fish Lake residents, the Elm Creek Watershed Management Commission, Three Rivers Park District and Maple Grove are teaming up to solve the problem with a solution called aluminum sulfate. The water is sprayed with aluminum sulfate and within minutes the lake starts to clear up.

"It's not a health risk to either animals or humans, or even the wildlife in the lake," Haas said.

The cost of the treatment is $300,000. Half of that has already been raised. The other half would come from a Minnesota Legacy Fund grant, if approved.

If Fish Lake gets grant money this year, the water could be treated in April. If not, September would be the target date. Fish Lake residents will find out in mid-December if they are getting the grant..

"It's really pretty exciting because we have the potential of seeing the biggest change in the lake in our lifetime," Haas said.

Eric Nelson, reporting

enelson@twelve.tv

11/1/2016



 

 
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