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Open house planned on Serpent Lake runoff ordinance

What do Serpent Lake community ordinances to address stormwater runoff entail? The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District invites the public to attend the Serpent Lake community ordinances open house Sept. 3.

What do Serpent Lake community ordinances to address stormwater runoff entail? The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District invites the public to attend the Serpent Lake community ordinances open house Sept. 3.

Proposed ordinances are for the cities of Crosby and Deerwood, Irondale Township and Deerwood Township. The event will be from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Deerwood Auditorium, 23770 Forest Road. A short presentation about the ordinances at 5 p.m. will be relevant to all residents, but particularly contractors, homeowners, realtors, landscapers and builders.

"As rain flows onto hard surfaces (such as) paved streets parking lots and building rooftops, it picks up dirt, chemicals, sand and pollutants," stated Melissa Barrick, SWCD district manager, in a news release. "Eventually these pollutants go directly into the lake. We have created urban areas that connect roads, driveways and houses to the Serpent Lake through underground pipes. Stormwater runoff is one of the major contributors to the Serpent Lake decrease in water clarity (according to a 2010 Serpent Lake polluted runoff study)."

"A lot of work has been done at the state level to develop a standard for communities to address stormwater runoff and protect area water resources," stated Beth Hippert, SWCD district technician. "Crow Wing County, Center City, Chisago and Lindstrom have all adopted ordinances to address urban runoff."

This is one part of the $1.2 million state grant to clean up Serpent Lake and reduce runoff. To learn more about the grant, contact Barrick via email at melissa.barrick@crowwingswcd.org or by phone at 218-828-6197.

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The event is sponsored by the city of Deerwood, city of Crosby, Irondale and Deerwood townships and the Serpent Lake Association.

Related Topics: CROW WING COUNTYSERPENT LAKECROW WING SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICTCROSBYDEERWOOD
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