As the City of Lakes, Minneapolis is known for its ample and beautiful urban lakes. Without a dedicated effort to preserve and protect these urban waters, our lakes would not be the valuable resources that they are. Together we can make a conscious effort to ensure their health, now and in the future.
The MPRB actively develops and implements plans that study and improve water quality, such as the Diamond Lake Management Plan that was adopted by the Board of Commissioners in 2009. The plan identifies goals and priorities, and guides citizen and MPRB action and engagement pertaining to water resource management of the lake, land and surrounding community.
To learn more about the care of our area lakes, click on the links on the left.
Risks to City Lakes
Our lakes face a multitude of problems and stressors. Invasive species are often the most visible sign of change in lakes and many problem species are very difficult to remove or even limit. The MPRB, in cooperation with various state agencies, carefully monitors for these species and their distribution toward limiting their spread where possible.
Our lakes also face nutrient overload from stormwater runoff. While nutrients are necessary for life, too much can choke our lakes with algae reducing water clarity and oxygen levels. This can also inhibit the growth of aquatic plants which are important for good habitat and water quality. The MPRB works closely with Minneapolis Public Works to reduce nutrient loading to lakes at every available opportunity.
Human activities around the lakes can also lead to water contamination. Wastes from pets and improper disposal of wastes to storm sewers can cause problems for human health, beaches and where people are in contact with the water.
Help Keep our Water Clean!
Learn more about what you can do to help preserve water quality of area lakes, streams and rivers through our Water Education and Community Involvement programs.
Board Resolution to Protect Minneapolis Lakes