To further improve and protect Moody Lake’s water quality, the CLFLWD has partnered with several researchers from the University of Minnesota to implement a native aquatic plant transplanting research project.
Restoring Moody Lake’s native plant community
Since 2017, the Comfort Lake–Forest Lake Watershed District (CLFLWD) has completed several water quality improvement projects around Moody Lake. These projects include three wetland rehabilitations, an alum treatment, and curly-leaf pondweed herbicide treatments. As a result, Moody Lake’s water quality has improved greatly and is likely to meet state standards in the near future.
To further improve and protect Moody Lake’s water quality, the Watershed District has partnered with several researchers from the University of Minnesota to implement a native aquatic plant research project. This research project will transplant a variety of native aquatic plants into Moody Lake to improve the diversity of the lake’s plant community which had been previously damaged by invasive species.
The benefits of a diverse native plant population include improved water quality, better fish habitat (via food, shelter, oxygen), shoreline protection from erosion, stabilization of lake sediments, and reduction in nutrients that fuel algae blooms.