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Posted on: May 21, 2021

Stormwater Pond Rules

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Stormwater ponds are constructed bodies of water designed for the purpose of treating stormwater runoff. All bodies of water you see in the City of Blaine are stormwater ponds with the exception of Laddie Lake and Sunrise Lake. Sunrise Lake is a constructed body of water, with Laddie Lake being the only natural lake in the City of Blaine.

Ponds are a popular method of managing stormwater runoff. A properly designed pond can hold excess water for up to three weeks, allowing pollutants to settle to the bottom. As water is cleaned by this process, it is slowly released from the pond. This process helps to improve water quality. Given the purpose of the ponds, their small size and the amount of pollutants handled, these bodies of water will never function like the lakes home buyers might want.

Alterations to shorelines or vegetation around stormwater ponds is not permitted unless authorized by the City. Fountains or other circulating devices and chemical treatment of stormwater ponds is also not allowed unless authorized by the City. Structures including but not limited to docks, piers, retaining walls, diving platforms, and bridges are not allowed to be within a stormwater pond or protective buffer zone. Dumping of yard waste materials in, on, or around any stormwater pond is also prohibited.

Recreational activities such as boating, swimming, fishing, and skating are discouraged on all stormwater ponds. Stormwater ponds generally have large drop offs and hold large amounts of pollutants making them unsafe for recreation.

If you have any questions contact Blaine Water Resource Manager Rebecca Haug at 763-785-6188 or email [email protected].

For additional information go to BlaineMN.gov/StormwaterPonds.

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