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Historic preservation efforts over the last 100 years have largely failed, giving Bass Lake stewardship a sort of 'ground hog day' quality. Bass Lake is similar to dozens of other urban wetlands that have become eutrophic after decades of storm water phosphorus loading and the invasion of hybrid cattails and buckthorn.
However, there may be something different this time around.. In real estate terms that something is location, location, location. Bass lake is lower left on the adjacent map. The preserve is 52 acres in size or about half the size of Cedar Lake. Abutting Bass Lake to the SW is the Rec Center and Wolfe Park. Abutting Bass Lake on the NW is the future Beltline Blvd, light rail station. Development is likely to continue. Bass Lake drains to the east to Lake Calhoun. It's not hard to imagine the recreational amenity that Bass Lake could afford current and future residents
if the same imagination is used that leaders of Minneapolis once projected onto the chain of city lakes--Cedar, Isles, Calhoun, and Harriet.
There's another factor that may alter the old balance. Regulations by the EPA, MPCA, and the DNR make it impossible for the city to manage the wetland in the way it once did. The dredging permits issued in 1972 and 1991 to remove accumulated sediment at inlet storm pipes is unlikely to be allowed without a comprehensive water quality plan and demonstrated environmental action. Current storm water phosphorous loading is now considered in the mandatory filing of a city storm water management plan.
Finally, the City of St. Louis Park has committed millions of dollars to the restoration of Bass Lake. See the following link for SLP plans:
If you have an interest in environmental stewardship and restoration, this is probably the best opportunity you'll get to have an effective impact on the preservation of what was once a beautiful open water lake. The best opportunity in over 100 years. Please consider becoming a member by contacting or call us from the contact tab.