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Sunrise River Tax Forfeit Wetland Restoration

The proposed project diverts flow from an existing drainage ditch system out of Heims Lake at the Highway 61 culvert, through a pre-treatment cell, and then diffuses the flow into the wetland complex located on the Tax Forfeit property owned by the Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District (CLFLWD). The proposed project will result in annual phosphorus reductions of 54 lb/yr, helping to restore and protect Comfort Lake which ultimately drains to the St. Croix River through the Sunrise River.

The proposed project was identified for targeted implementation through the District’s 2012 Sunrise River Water Quality and Flowage Project Engineer's Report, the District’s 2012-2021 Watershed Management Plan, and the 2010 CLFLWD Six Lakes Total Maximum Daily Load Study.

The CLFLWD received a $492,000 Clean Water Fund (CWF) grant from the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) for this project. View the latest CWF grant report here.