Above and beyond. Lindström (Chisago County) is a growing community, surrounded by lakes, where city leaders realize growth cannot come at the expense of water quality.
Over the past few years, the city council introduced a series of minimal-impact design and low-impact development ordinances to protect and enhance water quality in area lakes. Instead of getting water off the land as fast as possible, the new ordinances are intended to keep water on the land, so it can naturally infiltrate and reduce the amount of pollution reaching the lakes surrounding Lindström. As one city official simply stated, “new development and redevelopment will be held to higher standards to provide enhanced protection for local waters.”
And if you’re into seeing results… read on. Since 2011, 35 rain gardens, two sand filters, four vegetated swales, one gully stabilization, one shoreline restoration, and one porous asphalt parking lot have been installed in Lindström. All combined, these projects will reduce about 24,000 pounds of sediment and nearly 30 pounds of phosphorus, annually, to area lakes. Excess sediment and phosphorus are two major pollution sources found in many of Minnesota’s impaired waters.
These ordinances and resulting projects earned Lindström the 2014 Community Conservationist Award, which is an honor given annually by the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, with support from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. For its commitment to the health of its area lakes, the MPCA thanks the city of Lindström for going above and beyond for community-wide stormwater management.