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Lake_Pamela_SummaryLake Pamela Watershed District: Minnehaha CreekPublic water ID: 27067500 2000-2002 Minnehaha Creek Watershed District completes projects to address poor water quality in Pamela Lake and Minnehaha Creek. Actions include: Dredging the lake to increase the average depth and create about 1.2 acres of deep-water habitat Dredging the two major storm sewer outlets and constructing sediment-settling basins at those outlets to capture and settle pollutants from storm sewer runoff before it drains into the wetland Building three settling ponds in the northern part of the park to receive and clean stormwater runoff from stormwater drains Water quality data was collected by the Met Council's Citizen-Assisted Monitoring Program and made available by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Data is available for six of the years between 2005 and 2015. Summer-average highs and lows of water quality parameters over those years are provided at left. The available data shows that Lake Pamela generally fails to meet the state’s goals for water quality within shallow lakes. Elevated total phosphorus levels promote algal growth, which reduces water clarity. Lake Pamela is a 7-acre DNR-protected wetland located in the south end of Pamela Park, just west of France Avenue between 58th and 62nd streets. Lake Pamela sits in the 62-acre Pamela Park. The park features playground equipment with benches and grassy areas for picnics. There are also soccer elds, softball elds, tennis courts, a batting cage, and an ice rink in the winter. Non-motorized boats only. Amenities: 7 acres (surface area) 0.6 miles (shoreline) 276 acres (drainage area) History and Management of Lake Pamela How You Can Help Steps that you can take to help Lake Pamela include: 1 2 3 RESIDENTIALWETLAND 2022 The land use in this watershed is primarily low-density residential. PARK 1961 A ood-control ditch is constructed from Pamela Park north toward 58th Street, eventually connecting to Minnehaha Creek. 1996 The rst of annual permits for algae control issued by the MN DNR. Water Quality 8 feet (Max depth) 3.4 feet (Average depth) 1950s1930s 2021 Denotes current Lake Pamela drainage area; historical drainage areas may have varied Recent water quality data Algae Level (Chlorophyll-a) Total Phosphorous Levels 213 194 10 5160 g/L 20 g/L State goalsHighestLowest Water Clarity France Ave S Learn more about these strategies at minnehahacreek.org/education Installing rain gardens and planting shoreline buffers Cleaning up grass clippings and leaves Participating in the adopt-a-drain program (mn.adoptadrain.org) Redirecting gutter downspouts towards vegetated areas Minimizing use of fertilizer on lawns 1.0 Meters 1.1 Meters 0.5 Meters