Meadow Lake - Excess Nutrients: TMDL Project

Meadow LakeMeadow Lake is a shallow lake located in the city of New Hope. The 103-acre drainage area to the lake is fully developed urban and suburban land. Meadow Lake outlets by storm sewer to Bass Creek, which discharges to Shingle Creek and ultimately into the Mississippi River. The state placed Meadow Lake on the 2002 impaired waters list for exceeding the nutrient water quality standard. Excess nutrients such as phosphorus from stormwater runoff create poor water quality conditions causing frequent summer algal blooms which limit recreational activities.

The goal of the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) report is to quantify the pollutant reductions needed for Meadow Lake to meet state water quality standards. The MPCA is partnering with the Shingle Creek Watershed Management Commission and their consultant, Wenck Associates, Inc. to complete the Meadow Lake TMDL Report and Implementation Plan.

Map and location

Meadow Lake is located in the city of New Hope in the northwestern Twin Cities metro area. It lies in the Shingle Creek watershed of the Mississippi River - Twin Cities watershed in the Upper Mississippi River basin.

TMDL report and implementation plan


Information contact

Rachel Olmanson
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
520 Lafayette Road N
St. Paul, MN 55155