Meadow Lake Almost Full Again After Winter Drawdown
Meadow Lake in New Hope is about three-quarters full again after a winter drawdown that killed invasive species like fathead minnows and curly leaf pondweed.
The city of New Hope, Shingle Creek Watershed Commission, and the local lake association have partnered together for this project. Funding came from a grant from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources.
“The lake has experienced different algae blooms and can have an odor at certain times in the summer,” said Nick Macklem from New Hope Public Works.
This week’s rain has been perfect for filling back up the lake.
“The lake will be allowed to fill naturally. It will be filled by storm water and snow melt,” said Macklem.
Project supervisors from New Hope and the Shingle Creek Watershed Commission say the frost level went down far enough this winter to kill the invasive species.
“There’s benefits to having a natural water body in a suburban watershed,” said Nick Macklem from New Hope Public Works. “The goal is to improve water quality.”
The lake will now be monitored for two years to make sure the lake gets closer to its natural state.
You can see progress of the project here.