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CMSCWD Buffer Initiative


The purpose of this project is to complete habitat restoration and enhancement below the ordinary high water mark (OHW) and within the emergent zone of 13 lakes in the Carnelian Marine St. Croix Watershed District, 10 are shallow lakes making them important habitat. This project will focus on the restoration of the transition zone between the lakes' emergent zone and the documented OHW. Since the OHW was marked prior to outlet modification on several of the lakes in CMSCWD, there is ample space for habitat restoration and enhancement below the OHW. Non-native species will be removed from the transition zone in target project areas and replaced with native emergent and transition zone species. The goal will be to enhance habitat for shoreland wildlife including waterfowl and fish that depend on the lakes shoreline area for reproduction, migration, spawning, food and cover. The project will also provide habitat for zooplankton, which provide food for fish and aid in water clarity.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

Dates 09/04/2012 - 06/30/2015

Project Manager Amy L. Carolan

Grant Recipient Carnelian-Marine-St. Croix Watershed District

Grant Recipient Type Local/Regional Government Unit

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $25,000

Expended $25,000

Statutory Reference M.L. 2016, Chp. 172, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 5(K)

Management Unit(s) State

Habitat(s) FGW

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County Washington


Latest Indicator Number of acres restored

Target 10 Acres

Measurement 1 Acre