Lake Steward concerns in the City & County's jurisdiction:
- Run off into lake from roads & developments
- Redesign of Rolling Acres Road
- Retention Ponds
There was a great deal of information summarizing the city's activity with regard to water quality at the September 11th City Council Meeting. To get the complete summary,
and scroll forward on the timer to 35:43.
Amanda Groh of Focus Engineering provided the following on behalf of the city with regard to retention ponds for our newsletter:
The City has a National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System (NPDES) storm water permit through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) which is renewed every five years. The permitting program gives owners or operators of municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), like the City of Victoria, approval to discharge storm water to lakes, rivers and wetlands in Minnesota. As part of the permit requirements, the City must inspect and maintain each of the storm water system components, including ponds, to ensure the system is working properly and effectively. In November, 2016 the City hired a Consultant to provide a customized version of the Storm Water Asset Management Program (SWAMP) to allow the City to more effectively manage its storm water system, annually allocate budget, and meet MS4 requirements.
During the approval process for recent development occurring near Schutz Lake, residents informed the City Council that water quality of the lake is a concern. The City used SWAMP to review the effectiveness of the ponds directly adjacent to Schutz Lake. The St Moritz Pond (Pond 9) near the intersection of St Moritz and Rolling Acres Road was identified to be approximately 50% full of sediment and had reached a point where it would exponentially degrade with time if sediment was not removed.
On December 11, 2017, the City Council approved a quote from a Contractor to complete the necessary improvements to Pond 9 which included minor tree removal, sediment removal, minor grading around the pond, outlet structure replacement, and restoration. Work was completed early this year to ensure the pond continues to function as it was originally designed and to improve the removal of Total Phosphorous (TP) and Total Suspended Solids (TSS).
The 2040 Comprehensive Plan is underway. At the writing of the fall newsletter, it was thought the final plan would be a combination of two plans. They are available on the
. Maps reviewed at that meeting are under "Meeting #5 [Sept 5, 2017]" and labeled as "Draft Overall City Land Use Plan".
A land use term, "Conservation Residential" although not a brand new term, doesn't seem to appear in the current Comp Plan but is in the drafts of the 2040 Comp Plan around Marsh Lake. By its definition, 1-2.25 homes per 3 acres, it is far more consistent with the land surrounding Schutz.
We are working to have a person from the 2040 Comp Plan Steering Committee attend the April 12th meeting to report on the process and how it will impact lakes including Schutz Lake.