In urban areas like the District, restoring wetlands that have declined due to invasive plants and trees, changes in land use and outdated infrastructure are critical priorities. Wetland restoration enhances the ecology of the entire CRWD by purifying water resources, recharging groundwater and improving wildlife protection. One of the District’s most prominent wetland restoration projects is its ongoing Willow Reserve project. A 23-acre wetland and upland area, Willow Reserve receives runoff from its 29.6-acre sub-watershed. CRWD has been working with the City of Saint Paul to improve overall health and water quality for Willow Reserve. Read about our Willow Reserve wetland restoration project.
Wetlands are among the most important water resources in Capitol Region Watershed District. They serve many essential functions, including water quality improvement, flood control, storm protection, groundwater recharge and wildlife habitat. Only a few natural wetlands remain in the District because they were filled or altered during urbanization and development over the past century. Today, the largest wetland tracts include: Woodview Marsh located near Larpenteur Avenue in Roseville, the Villa Park wetland located northwest of Lake McCarrons in Roseville, and Willow Reserve located near Maryland Avenue in Saint Paul.