DESAIR LAKE RESTORATION, INC.: 319 Match LMI - Desair Lake Water Quality Improvements/Wetland Restoration


The Desair Lake Restoration Inc. is sponsoring a project to install watershed practices to reduce watershed sediment and phosphorus loading to Desair Lake. Project activities include restoring an eroding ravine, restoring two detention ponds, and building ten catchment basins. Project deliverables include: a final report that includes final designs; map of final project locations; pre/post site photos; and copies of signed operation and maintenance contracts. Specific project conditions: All necessary permits shall be obtained prior to commencing work. This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. The grant sponsor shall submit all data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lakes Biologist.

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During the end of August, a permit was issued, and preparations made for construction of catchment basins at Steve and Lorie Parkman ravine. Putting small weirs (catchment basins) at the bottom of a deep ravine required a slide for materials to get to the worksite without disrupting the forest floor. At the polebarn, I found two sixteen-foot 2x6s and eight-foot corrugated steel roofing. Old plywood held it all together and several layers of plastic roadside sign material was used to make the surface slippery. It is nice to have had repurposed materials available for such a unique project. Clunky as it was, the 16’ slide could be moved around with the tractor and trailer and served its purpose well. A load of 6”x18” cobble was brought to Site #1 at the top of the ravine. After a discussion with Steve Parkman on the details of our project, we were ready to begin. Steve and his two sons, Colan and Cody were great help, but Colan got a job in Los Angeles and Cody went off to college at UMD. When he could after work, Steve’s weightlifting ability and dedicated work ethic, made the labor of placing rock much easier and faster.
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Grant LPT66920 awarded