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This aerial photo depicts what the restored Grass Lake basin would look like. Highway 71 is the major road visible at the far left, and the Highway 71/23 Bypass is the road at an angle immediately adjacent to the basin in the left of the photo. The city of Willmar is no longer participating in the restoration project with Kandiyohi County and other agencies because the city will not receive credit from the state for using Grass Lake to filter pollutants from storm water runoff before the water enters Lak...

State says city won't get storm water credits for Grass Lake project, but project planning continues

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WILLMAR -- Construction activities could begin next year on the 1,200-acre Grass Lake restoration project, even though the city of Willmar is no longer a participant.

The city had been working with Kandiyohi County, state agencies and other groups for the past 20 years on an initiative to restore Grass Lake, located adjacent to Willmar on the southeast side of the Highway 71/23 bypass. The shallow Grass Lake basin was drained decades ago by the county and landowners for farmland.

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David Little
David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
(320) 235-1150
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