Water quality monitoring of Smith Park Pond and Wrights Lake
Annual Maintenance of stormwater best management practices (BMPs)
Smith Park Pond has been managed in the Minnesota DNR's Fishing in the Neighborhood (FiN) program since 2001 and is stocked annually with bluegill sunfish and black crappies. For additional information regarding the status of the Smith Park Pond fishery visit the DNR's LakeFinder website.
Wrights Lake dredging began to remove accumulated sediment and restore the water quality treatment capacity of the pond. Work included testing sediment for contamination due to PAHs and other pollutants and removal of sediment to pre-existing as-built contours.
Water quality and quantity monitoring program began for Richfield Lake and Wood Lake to measure Evaporation/Infiltration, as well as TP, Ortho-P, TSS and Chloride.
At 92nd Street and Chicago Avenue a water quality structure was installed utilizing research conducted at the University of Minnesota St. Anthony Falls Hydraulic Laboratory. The technology implemented was a design resulting from research at the SAFL and funded from a Mn/DOT research project. Two additional structures were placed outside of the RBWMO at River Ridge and Skyline Drive. These were planned as part of the Pond C project to remove additional sediment and floatable debris from the storm sewer stream prior to discharge to Pond C.
Pond C water quality monitoring began to measure its effectiveness.
Richfield Lake perimeter pond system constructed. The perimeter ponds will be used to treat all storm water runoff prior to entering the lake.
A third water quality treatment device was installed at the east side of Smith Park Pond as part of the 2008 street reconstruction project on 81st Street and Park Avenue. The structure is designed to capture trash and other floating debris as well as provide for settling of sediment prior to discharge to Smith Park Pond. The structure has been incorporated into Bloomington’s storm sewer maintenance program and will be cleaned annually.
Two water quality treatment structures were constructed at Smith Park Pond. The structures are multi-chambered devices designed to remove sediment and floating debris from storm water. The devices are inspected and maintained on a regular schedule as outlined in the City’s maintenance program.