Lake Cornelia Vegetated Buffer Project

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The City intends to restore the shoreline and plant a natural buffer on parkland adjacent to Lake Cornelia this year. View a map of the project area here.

The project benefits include:

Clean Water. Lake Cornelia is polluted with excess nutrients that fuel algae, including harmful blue-green algae blooms. Vegetated buffers promote clean water by filtering nutrients from water before it enters the lake.

Habitat. Native plants support wildlife, including pollinators. The project includes management of invasive buckthorn.

Sustainability. Native landscapes require less mowing which means savings in labor and equipment costs, fewer carbon emissions, and a more resilient landscape in a changing climate.

The City intends to restore the shoreline and plant a natural buffer on parkland adjacent to Lake Cornelia this year. View a map of the project area here.

The project benefits include:

Clean Water. Lake Cornelia is polluted with excess nutrients that fuel algae, including harmful blue-green algae blooms. Vegetated buffers promote clean water by filtering nutrients from water before it enters the lake.

Habitat. Native plants support wildlife, including pollinators. The project includes management of invasive buckthorn.

Sustainability. Native landscapes require less mowing which means savings in labor and equipment costs, fewer carbon emissions, and a more resilient landscape in a changing climate.

  • Seeding and planting begins

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    14 days ago

    Seeding, tree and shrub planting, and plant plug installation is set to occur this week. Plant plugs are seedlings which have been raised in a greenhouse to ensure a good root system and excellent plant health. Using a combination of seed and plant plugs helps to keep costs down while some plants get a head start.

    Seeding, tree and shrub planting, and plant plug installation is set to occur this week. Plant plugs are seedlings which have been raised in a greenhouse to ensure a good root system and excellent plant health. Using a combination of seed and plant plugs helps to keep costs down while some plants get a head start.

  • Turf removal begins

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    about 2 months ago

    Work to restore a 30-foot natural buffer is expected to begin this week. The turf removal process will occur over several weeks. Seeding and planting is expected in mid to late June. Installation of a woodchip trail at the border of the 30-foot buffer is planned for July.

    Work to restore a 30-foot natural buffer is expected to begin this week. The turf removal process will occur over several weeks. Seeding and planting is expected in mid to late June. Installation of a woodchip trail at the border of the 30-foot buffer is planned for July.

  • Buckthorn removal complete

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    4 months ago

    Check out buckthorn removal photos in the document library.

    Check out buckthorn removal photos in the document library.

  • Buckthorn removal begins

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    6 months ago

    Buckthorn removal will begin this week.

    Buckthorn removal will begin this week.

  • Construction Contract Approved

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    9 months ago

    At their October 15th meeting, City Council approved a contract with Applied Ecological Services for the construction of the vegetated buffer. Some site preparation is anticipated for this fall. The majority of the restoration, including planting will occur in the spring of 2020.

    At their October 15th meeting, City Council approved a contract with Applied Ecological Services for the construction of the vegetated buffer. Some site preparation is anticipated for this fall. The majority of the restoration, including planting will occur in the spring of 2020.

  • Fall Project Update

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    10 months ago

    The buffer restoration project on City property at Lake Cornelia is currently out for bid. Staff intends to request contract approval at City Council’s October 15th meeting. Some site preparation, including turf and buckthorn removal, is anticipated for this fall. The majority of the work, including planting, will occur next spring.

    The buffer restoration project on City property at Lake Cornelia is currently out for bid. Staff intends to request contract approval at City Council’s October 15th meeting. Some site preparation, including turf and buckthorn removal, is anticipated for this fall. The majority of the work, including planting, will occur next spring.

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  • July 16th Council Meeting Update

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    12 months ago

    At the July 16 City Council Meeting, the council approved a concept different from staff recommendations. The approved concept has a 30-ft naturalized buffer next to the Lake Cornelia shoreline with a mulch trail on the resident side of the buffer. Council directed staff to continue mowing and maintenance operations on the remaining city property outside the buffer and trail. We will continue to provide periodic updates on this site.


    At the July 16 City Council Meeting, the council approved a concept different from staff recommendations. The approved concept has a 30-ft naturalized buffer next to the Lake Cornelia shoreline with a mulch trail on the resident side of the buffer. Council directed staff to continue mowing and maintenance operations on the remaining city property outside the buffer and trail. We will continue to provide periodic updates on this site.


  • Project Update

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    12 months ago

    Thanks for all the feedback and discussion to date. It has been very helpful to understand all concerns. Staff is finishing a report and council agenda item for the July 16 City Council Meeting. Staff is asking council to approve a concept at that meeting. The item will be part of the Report and Recommendation portion of the meeting. No public testimony will be taken at this meeting. The council packet information will be available Friday, July 12 by the end of business at the following link. https://edina.novusagenda.com/AgendaPublic/meetings.aspx


    Thanks for all the feedback and discussion to date. It has been very helpful to understand all concerns. Staff is finishing a report and council agenda item for the July 16 City Council Meeting. Staff is asking council to approve a concept at that meeting. The item will be part of the Report and Recommendation portion of the meeting. No public testimony will be taken at this meeting. The council packet information will be available Friday, July 12 by the end of business at the following link. https://edina.novusagenda.com/AgendaPublic/meetings.aspx


  • Concept Design Available for Review

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    about 1 year ago

    The concept design is available for review.

    The City would like to respond to questions and address concerns about the proposed design. You may provide responses under the 'Design Review' tab.

    The concept design is available for review.

    The City would like to respond to questions and address concerns about the proposed design. You may provide responses under the 'Design Review' tab.

  • How do I review the proposed concept design?

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    about 1 year ago

    Unable to attend the Open House on June 18th? An equal opportunity to review the proposed concept design will be available through the Better Together Edina website. When the proposed concept design materials are ready, we'll post them to this website.

    Unable to attend the Open House on June 18th? An equal opportunity to review the proposed concept design will be available through the Better Together Edina website. When the proposed concept design materials are ready, we'll post them to this website.