Villa Park Improvement Project

Villa Park wetland is a system of weirs, designed to remove phosphorus and solids from stormwater before it enters Lake McCarrons. Since 2004, CRWD and Ramsey County Public Works have monitored the system to determine the effectiveness of the system. As reported in the 2006 Monitoring Report, the Villa Park system appears to not be functioning as designed. In certain flow regimes, Villa Park may be a source of phosphorus to Lake McCarrons. A more extensive monitoring program for the wetland was developed and implemented in 2007. Monitoring was performed in each of the eight wetland cells and included storm grab sampling, sediment analysis, depth surveying and weekly water quality sample collection. Data will be evaluated in 2008 and 2009 by an outside expert to determine the source of the phosphorus problem and develop solutions.