Learn about the benefits of shallow lakes at upcoming forum

Not all lakes are created equal and that certainly is the case with the more than 11,000 lakes in Minnesota.  While deep, clear lakes may be considered the ideal, the benefits of shallow lakes should not be overlooked.
The contributions of these unique resources and the challenges of managing them will be discussed at “The Benefits of Being Shallow” – A Shallow Lakes Forum on Saturday, April 12 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. in the Snyder Auditorium at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen. Anyone who lives on or near a shallow lake or would like to learn more about how to properly care for shallow lakes is welcome to attend.
Shallow lakes – lakes that average 15 feet or less in depth – provide a variety of benefits, including fishing, recreation, and habitat for wildlife. The forum will teach participants how shallow lakes work and how to gauge their health through monitoring, explore pertinent regulations and management strategies and provide tips on how to engage friends and neighbors in the protection of these valuable assets.
Sponsored by the Minnehaha Creek, Nine Mile Creek and Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed Districts, Carver County and Vadnais Lake Area Water Management Organizations and the Cities of Eden Prairie and Minnetonka, the forum will help increase understanding of shallow lakes, which account for about one-third of the lakes in Minnesota.
The forum will include speakers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Three Rivers Park District, Freshwater Society, Wenck Associates, Blue Water Science and lake association representatives.
The fee for the forum is $10 and includes a light breakfast. To register, visit www.minnehahacreek.org/shallow-lakes.