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mid-sized (344 hectares = 851 acres) lake is located about 15 miles
west of Minneapolis just north of the small town of Maple Plain,
MN. The lake has a maximum depth of 18 m (58 feet) and is typical
of a number of lakes located in the Twin Cities metropolitan area
that are prized for both recreational value and residential development.
People in this area are becoming increasingly aware of the impacts
these activities have on water quality.
Although situated in a primarily agricultural watershed, the shoreline
of lake Independence is relatively lightly developed. There are
192 permanent and summer homes along its 11.4 km of shoreline. Only
the far north shoreline remains undeveloped. Morris Baker County
Park takes up the entire southeast shoreline with a boat launch,
swimming beaches, picnic areas, and campground. The lake experiences
heavy recreational use on a typical summer weekend, including swimming,
boating, and water skiing.
Hennepin Parks Department (HP) and the Lake Independence Citizens
Association (LICA) have taken responsibility for the management
of water quality in Lake Independence. LICA has been concerned about
water quality in the lake because it experiences frequent blue-green
algae blooms and has been invaded by the exotic macrophyte, Eurasian
Water Milfoil, presumably from nearby Lake Minnetonka.
the lake no longer meets the water quality needs of both HP and
its lakeshore property owners, a diagnostic feasibility study was
initiated in 1996. Monitoring by HP has been biweekly since 1997
for a suite of water quality parameters. RUSS and ancillary Lake
Access data will supplement these efforts.