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Editorial: Grass Lake plan is a positive step

After more than 20 years of planning and discussion, Kandiyohi County is starting work this fall on the restoration of Grass Lake south of Willmar.

Work will begin near the Peach Creek area to build a sedimentary pond to reroute some agricultural ditches that flow into and through Grass Lake's 1,200-acre dry lake bed.

The end result will be restoring Grass Lake, which is about 3 miles long and 2 miles wide.

The Grass Lake project is a good example of county government, other agencies and groups, and private landowners working collaboratively over the long term to develop and fund a major project.

The end result will be the restoration of Grass Lake, improved water quality downstream, flood water storage and the return of an attractive environment for waterfowl and other wildlife.

There have been compromises that made the Grass Lake master plan functional and affordable. As Kandiyohi County Chairman Harlan Madsen said it is a "very prudent use" of taxpayer and private dollars.

Kudos to all involved over the past two decades in developing the plan to restore Grass Lake.