Robbinsdale’s Flocculation Plant Opens Its Doors for Public Tours
Robbinsdale residents and nature enthusiasts can soon see firsthand the purification efforts taking place at the city’s flocculation plant.
Located within Lakeview Terrace Park, the state-of-the-art facility is on the verge of reversing decades of pollution that has plagued Crystal Lake.
Guided by Robbinsdale Water Resources Specialist Mike Sorensen, visitors will have an up-close look at the process of removing phosphorus from the lake.
Phosphorus produces blue-green algae in Crystal Lake
“Phosphorus is really good at making plants grow,” Sorensen explains. “Unfortunately, just like it promotes plant growth on land, it also spurs the growth of algae and rooted plants in the lake. Excessive algae can be detrimental to the lake’s health and potentially pose risks to humans and pets enjoying recreational activities nearby.”
While Robbinsdale doesn’t rely on Crystal Lake as a source of drinking water, there is an important connection between the lake and the city’s groundwater.
“Over time, surface water percolates and infiltrates into the ground, interacting with our groundwater, which serves as our drinking water source,” explained Sorensen. “That’s why it’s crucial to keep our surface water clean.”
Public Tours of Flocculation Plant Throughout the Summer
The idea to offer public tours of the flocculation plant stemmed from the incessant curiosity and interest expressed by passersby.
“It seems like every day when I’m out here, someone walks by and wonders what’s going on here and what this facility is,” said Sorensen.
Nestled within the park and along a popular walking trail, the plant has garnered significant public attention.
“Rather than simply explaining to people what happens here, I figured it would be fascinating to invite them inside,” Sorensen stated. “This way, they can experience firsthand how the facility operates and witness the remarkable improvements it brings to the lake.”
The city of Robbinsdale will be organizing four public tours this summer.