Lower Twin Lake Restoration Comes Full Circle
A Robbinsdale lake restoration project is coming full circle. For the last four years, Lower Twin Lake has had around 3,000 fresh fish released in to their waters.
“We were able to stock the lake with about 800 six to eight-inch walleye,” says Tim Bechtold, treasurer of the Lower Twin Lake Association.
The fish release that most recently took place cost the association around $2,000. The release replaced carp and other invasive fish.
“The combination of taking the rough fish out and putting the good fish in to the lake is really going to help the water quality over the next few years,” added Bechtold.
The association has been working to improve the water quality for about five years. Members say they have seen results.
“What I have seen myself is the fishing quality has been such a huge difference,” says Ken Balma, a member of the Lower Twin Lake Association. “It truly just day and night from what It was.”
Teamwork Credited for Lower Twin Lake Turnaround
The Lower Twin Lake Association hasn’t done it alone.
“I think because it was successful because of the team work that was demonstrated,” added Bechtold. “It isn’t just the Lower Twin Lake Association. Our primary effort has been on weed control and stocking the lake with fish. Thanks to the Shingle Creek Watershed District for harvesting the bullheads and the carp. The city of Robbinsdale who helps us with keeping the weeds down in the middle of the lake. I think that team efforts has really helped to improve the quality of the lake.”
The association hopes the results will encourage more homeowners to do their part in keeping the lake clean.
“We’ve been encouraging home owners to treat their shoreline,” added Balma. “Invasive species are something we can do as homeowners to control our shoreline and if everyone takes part in that it really improves the water quality.”