By Tara Mathews
HOWARD LAKE, MN - A new storm water retention pond was installed at Littfin Lumber Company in Howard Lake recently, with the goal of improving the quality of water entering Howard Lake.
Littfin Lumber has been testing the storm water runoff at its site along Highway 12 for years, according to owner Jack Littfin.
Recently, the company found that red rock breaks down, and the particles that haven’t blown away have washed away with storm water.
Littfin said the tests had shown the storm water was no longer within the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency guidelines, and he hired an engineer to study what was needed to improve the storm water situation.
The engineer recommended rechanneling the water to a retention pond, Littfin noted.
Littfin hired Mathiowetz Construction Company from Sleepy Eye to build a storm water pond, and the work began about two weeks ago, he said.
The sediment that flows with the storm water will settle to the bottom of the pond, creating cleaner run-off, Littfin said.
“We have about 60 acres of run-off and are just trying to be good citizens and do our part to prevent water pollution,” Littfin commented.
The project will cost about $80,000, but was worth the money, according to Littfin.
“Improving the environment is important,” Littfin said. “We didn’t want to pollute the lake, and the swamp wasn’t enough to filter the run-off.”