Stories

Since the start of the Easter Lake Watershed Project in 2013, we’ve made a lot of progress and have a lot of stories to share. We’ve installed over 200 conservation practices with landowners, worked with over 1300 volunteers, and have learned a lot about ways we can positively impact Easter Lake now and into the future. Read more below to learn about some of our successes and ways you can help.

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Stormwater Wetland Reduces Pollutant Loading into Easter Lake

Reducing stormwater runoff and pollutant loading throughout the watershed is a critical part of restoring Easter Lake. As new developments have been built around the lake, sediment and pollutant loading has increased. To protect Easter Lake now and into the future, addressing new urban developments is key. When a new housing development was planned near the … Continue reading Stormwater Wetland Reduces Pollutant Loading into Easter Lake

Rake your leaves: the easiest thing you can do for water quality this fall

In 2016, a study by the USGS in Madison, Wisconsin revealed the removal of fallen leaves can reduce phosphorus concentrations found in stormwater by 80%. Further, it was found leaf litter and other fall organic debris contributed 56% of the annual total phosphorus load in urban stormwater. This was reduced to 16% when streets were … Continue reading Rake your leaves: the easiest thing you can do for water quality this fall

Local Resident and Volunteers Recognized for Contributions to Easter Lake

Each year during the Polk County Fair, the Polk Soil & Water Conservation District presents awards to landowners, businesses, conservation driven homeowners and volunteers, organizations, high school graduates seeking environmental degrees and county and city departments for their continued and often unnoticed soil & water conservation work in Polk County. In 2018, two of the … Continue reading Local Resident and Volunteers Recognized for Contributions to Easter Lake