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Lake Independence Bulrush Restoration


The project site is located near the shoreline on the southwest side of Lake Independence. The adjacent shoreline was stabilized in 2011 with biologs and native vegetation. Two naturally-occurring expansive stands of native bulrush exist on either side of the project site. In the center portion of the site, bulrush is absent for a 150 linear feet span (2400 square feet), and this is where shore erosion has been most severe. This project will connect the two bulrush stands and provide a continuous 450 foot swath of vegetation along the shoreline providing important fish spawning habitat. In addition, it will stabilize the lake's substrate which in turn will reduce turbidity and reduce nutrient release by anchoring sediments. Lastly, the vegetation will provide a natural wave break to protect the newly restored shoreline area for the long term.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

Dates 06/08/2012 - 06/30/2015

Project Manager Mike McLaughlin

Grant Recipient Pioneer Sarah Watershed Management Commission

Grant Recipient Type Local/Regional Government Unit

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $5,400

Expended $5,400

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

Management Unit(s) Public Water

Habitat(s) FGW

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County Hennepin


Latest Indicator Number of acres restored

Target 1 Acre

Measurement 1 Acre