Lake Cornelia Vegetated Buffer Project

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.

  • Fall Project Update

    27 days 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

    3 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

    3 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

    4 months 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?

    5 months 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.

  • Background

    5 months ago

    Lake Cornelia has been listed on the federal 303(d) Impaired Waters List for not meeting clean water goals. Excess nutrients in the water contribute to nuisance algae blooms. Additionally, a specific type of algae that produces toxins has been measured at levels that have initiated a public health advisory. Significant nutrient reductions are required to meet clean water goals and address public safety concerns.

    Based on feedback from Council and the community, Lake Cornelia has been selected for a future Clean Water Strategy to be developed in 2020 per the Comprehensive Water Resources Management Plan.

    A vegetated buffer for clean...

    Lake Cornelia has been listed on the federal 303(d) Impaired Waters List for not meeting clean water goals. Excess nutrients in the water contribute to nuisance algae blooms. Additionally, a specific type of algae that produces toxins has been measured at levels that have initiated a public health advisory. Significant nutrient reductions are required to meet clean water goals and address public safety concerns.

    Based on feedback from Council and the community, Lake Cornelia has been selected for a future Clean Water Strategy to be developed in 2020 per the Comprehensive Water Resources Management Plan.

    A vegetated buffer for clean water project provides an early stormwater intervention opportunity. It involves converting parkland from conventional turf and buckthorn to a vegetated buffer along the west side of the south basin of Lake Cornelia, adjacent to West Shore Drive and Laguna Drive. See a map of the project area here. Upon completion, the restored area will be placed into a conservation easement.

    In addition to clean water benefits, the project promotes native plants to support wildlife including pollinators and management of invasive buckthorn. The project also supports sustainability goals as 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.

    Lastly, the project syncs with the goal to protect, enhance, and restore the City's natural resources and natural areas in the Parks System Strategic Plan. This is accomplished in part through adopting a city-wide policy of no net loss of natural areas and open spaces and also identifying low-use park land areas that could be converted to native or low input ground covers to lessen maintenance and provide greater habitat.