The Schmidt, Pomerleau and Bass Lakes Nutrient TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) is a plan developed by the Shingle Creek Watershed Management Organization to reduce phosphorus entering the lakes. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has identified all three lakes as impaired. The lakes do not meet state standards for their intended recreational and aesthetic uses due to excessive amounts of phosphorus.
An earlier study established the amount of phosphorus each lake could take in each day and still meet state water quality standards. The proposed plan outlines steps to reduce the daily phosphorus loading to that level.
Plymouth's Environmental Quality Committee will study the plan, along with options for implementation, and make recommendations to the City Council. The committee will seek comments and insights from residents living around the three lakes and the associated watersheds. These residents will receive a mailing with more details on the plan and opportunities for public comment.