Fountain Lake Fish Barriers

2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
Outdoor Heritage Fund
Shell Rock River Watershed District
Recipient Type: 
Local/Regional Government
Start Date: 
July 2009
End Date: 
June 2012
Activity Type: 
Land Acquisition, Restoration/Enhancement
Counties Affected: 
Project Details:
2010 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
ML 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subdivision 5(f)
Appropriation Language 

$655,000 in fiscal year 2010 is to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the Shell Rock River Watershed District to construct fish barriers at three locations on Fountain Lake. Land acquisition necessary for fish barrier construction is permitted. A list of proposed projects, describing the types and locations of barriers, must be provided as part of the required accomplishment plan. The commissioner of natural resources must agree to each proposed barrier.

Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
Other Funds Leveraged: 
Direct expenses: 
Measurable Outcome(s) 

Restored 3 shallow lakes, protect 20 miles of habitat buffers along streams

Source of Additional Funds: 

Shell Rock River Watershed District

Project Overview

As a result of the installation of the two fish barriers, one on Wedge Creek and one on White Lake, we have kept Common Carp from migrating from Fountain Lake into the shallow upstream basins. This has helped improve the water clarity and water quality in the upstream areas which are now excluded from Common Carp. Since these upstream areas are interconnected to Fountain Lake, water quality in Fountain Lake has also improved. Secchi disk readings on Fountain Lake were the best on record in 2010, averaging 2.7 feet of water clarity. Fountain Lake is now meeting the MN PCA water clarity standard of 2.3 feet.

Project Details

Project Manager

Shell Rock River Watershed District
411 Broadway
Albert Lea