Skip to content

Rice Marsh Lake Water Quality Improvement Project

The Rice Marsh Lake Water Quality Improvement Project will construct and install stormwater-management facilities and associated infrastructure to improve and treat stormwater draining to Rice Marsh Lake.


Overview

The Use Attainability Assessment (UAA) undertaken by the District and the City of Chanhassen in 20xx found that the majority of pollutant loading to Rice Marsh Lake is due to runoff within the watershed (44%), with internal loading accounting for an additional 35% of the pollutant load.  The remaining load is from upstream water bodies or atmospheric deposition. Further, the UAA concluded that Rice Marsh Lake Subwatershed RM-12A was the largest contributor to external pollutant loading to Rice Marsh Lake. In the fall of 2018, Rice Marsh Lake was treated with Aluminum Sulfate (alum) to treat the internal loading. The Rice Marsh Lake Water Quality Improvement Project is now looking to address the external load from subwatershed RM-12A.

This project will consist of two manufactured treatment devices (MTDs) used in parallel, a rain garden, soil amendments and prairie restoration. These practices will result in the removal of approximately 1/3 of the load from the watershed - around 90 pounds of total phosphorus per year.

Construction will begin this fall with the installation of the MTDs and ancillary storm sewer improvements.  Vegetative restoration will occur in the spring of 2022.

Resources

Rice Marsh Lake Feasibility Report
Rice Marsh Lake Project Plan

 

Summary

Status: Active
Start: Fall 2021
End: Spring 2022
Partners:  City of Chanhassen

 

Project Area