Meadow Lake Drawdown Project Moves Forward

Meadow Lake Drawdown Project Moves Forward
Posted on 10/28/2021
The New Hope City Council has approved a contract and cooperative and subgrant agreement for the Meadow Lake drawdown project.

The $59,340 contract, awarded the Oct. 25 New Hope City Council meeting to West Central Environmental Consultants (WCEC), includes the drawdown as well as additional pumping of the lake following the initial drawdown.

Per the cooperative and subgrant agreement, also approved at the meeting, the city will be reimbursed by the Shingle Creek Watershed Management Commission (SCWMC) through grant funds.

The multistep project entails the drawdown of Meadow Lake followed by monitoring, chemical treatment of invasive plant and fish species and eventual alum treatment. The project also includes the drawdown of the connected equalizing pond at New Hope Village Golf Course.

The drawdown required sign off by 75% of the lakeshore property owners supporting the project to proceed. This sign off was obtained in 2020. A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) permit was approved in late September. The DNR will also provide training and guidance on turtle relocation.

Project discussion began in 2019, when SCWMC engineers met with the Meadow Lake Watershed Association (MLWA) to discuss the overall status and health of the lake. Subsequently, the Meadow Lake Management plan was developed, targeting the reduction of internal phosphorus in Meadow Lake, the drawdown and future alum treatment.

Over the past two years the SCWMC and city staff have worked closely with area residents to develop the Meadow Lake Community Action plan which identifies ways both the City and residents can help improve water quality in Meadow Lake through the reduction of external phosphorus in Meadow Lake.

The Meadow Lake project is scheduled to begin in November.