Fifteen years ago, Powderhorn Lake in Minneapolis was in a dismal state—trash floated on the surface, the shoreline was eroding, and fertilizer and animal waste running off from the surrounding neighborhood caused frequent algae blooms.
Years of neglect had taken their toll. Loss of natural vegetation, urbanization of the surrounding area, and increased stormwater runoff had all contributed to a decline in the lake’s water quality. In 2002, the lake was placed on the impaired waters list.
But today, thanks to the efforts of residents, the city, and other groups, Powderhorn Lake is a poster child for what can happen when citizens and government work together to create change.-TheMnPCA on YouTube