The City of Chanhassen is partnering with the Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District to install a stormwater Best Management Practice (BMP) within Rice Marsh Lake Park. The BMP is called a Kraken Filter, and would be installed underground. Stormwater from the downtown Chanhassen area that drains to the lake would now pass through the system, which contains a series of chambers and various filters which would remove up to 63% of Total Phosphorus and 85% of Total Suspended Solids, both of which are pollutants which negatively impact the water quality within Rice Marsh Lake.
This project is a result of the Watershed District’s 2016 Use Attainability Analysis which identified the need for a water quality improvement project within the Rice Marsh Lake and Lake Riley. Many BMPs were analyzed and considered, such as an iron-enhanced sand filtration basin, a subsurface gravel bed wetland, and a modular wetland system.