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Silver Lake Water Quality Project

About the project

What's happening

The Watershed District is working to engage residents who live in Silver Lake's watershed to take action to protect clean water.  We hope to install more than 100 trees, educate residents on how they can help protect clean water, and empower residents to make changes to their landscapes. 


Located in Shorewood, Silver Lake sits at the edge of the watershed district. It is the only lake in the district that has wild rice, a rare plant to find in metro area lakes! Read more about Silver Lake.

Not sure if you live in the Silver Lake subwatershed? Check out the subwatershed map below.

Why it's happening

As a part of her year-long workplan, MN GreenCorps member Amy Bakkum is focusing on improving water quality in the Silver Lake sub-watershed area. Working with local community members is essential to the success of this project, and to the healthy of Silver Lake. By embarking on this project together we will soak more water into the ground, filter pollution like phosphorus out, and help make Silver Lake healthy.

How can you get involved?

The Watershed District will be reaching out to all residents in the Silver Lake watershed to get involved. The District will provide tree saplings for interested residents. The district will also provide education, guidance, and support for those looking to get involved in other capacities.


The Watershed District will provide trees to Silver Lake residents interested in having one planted on their property. Planting trees on your property provides a full range of ecosystem services. Trees provide a number of benefits when it comes to minimizing stormwater runoff. The leaves of the tree, or canopy, provide surface area for rainwater to land and be absorbed as well as slow down rain as it falls. The roots of a tree not only take in water but also create healthy soil conditions which promote better infiltration.

Sign up for a tree


Changing residential practices and landscapes
There are many other ways that you can take action to help protect Silver Lake. We can help you!

Landscaping practices to help protect local water quality

Adopt a Drain

Silver Lake Subwatershed Map

Project Updates

Silver Lake Project: Tree Sign Up
May 8, 2020, 2:56 PM
Descriptions of trees available and recommendations for interested residents.
Silver Lake Project Start
May 8, 2020, 3:32 PM
Trees for this project are currently growing in gravel beds at the District office. Silver Lake watershed residents can sign up now for a tree.