Mitchell Lake Association awarded a $33,000
DNR Shoreland Restoration Grant

In 2008, Mitchell Lake Association was awarded a DNR Grant of $33,000 for lakeshore
restoration.  Five shoreland restoration project applications were submitted and
approved.  The five projects are now complete and include; the Timberlake
Homeowners Association Commons area, the Timberlake Towhhouse Association
and three private residences.  
Click here for Restoration Site Map.  

The Timberlake Association commons shoreland restoration was the first project to be
implemented under this grant.  We hope that this project will serve as both an
educational and inspirational example of shoreland restoration for other lake property
owners.  
Click here for more photos of Timberlake restoration project.

How does shoreland restoration improve Water Quality?

    Capture Pollutants
    Planting rainwater gardens and creating shoreland buffers help slow water
    runoff, capture pollutants that are in the rainwater and let the water infiltrate
    slowly into the ground.  Pollutants include things like nutrients, pesticides,
    herbicides and soil particles.

    Mitigate Erosion
    Native vegetation slows down water runoff and their longer root systems help
    reduce erosion and absorb extra nutrients.  Bluegrass has a shorter root system
    and does not work well in preventing erosion.

    Provide Better Wildlife Habitat
    Kentucky bluegrass does not provide food or shelter for many song birds,
    butterflies or other wildlife.  However, it is a favorite food for geese!  Buffers will
    deter geese from entering your yard.

Why use native plants?

Native plants existed here prior to human influence.  They develop naturally in
Minnesota and are adapted to our soil, water, and weather conditions.  Once
established the area will need less irrigation, fertilizers, pesticides and herbicide.  Less
mowing is required, which is good for air quality.

Resources:
•        Blue Thumb: Planting for Clean Water  www.bluethumb.org
•        Minnesota DNR:  http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakescaping/index.html
•        Fortin Consulting: www.fortinconsulting.com can advise and help create a plan
  •      (Fortin was our partner on Timberlake Commons project)
Shoreland Restoration
Mitchell Lake Association
Mitchell Lake
Shoreland Restoration
Project Summary

11/30/10 Presentation












Timberlake Homeowner
Association  
Restoration
Photos
Plant List


Timberlake Townhouse
Association
Restoration
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Tyler Rain Garden
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