Sedimentation Basin Construction
The construction of the sedimentation basin was completed in 1999. The cost was $117,000 with 70% of the cost covered by a DNR Lake Protection Grant and 30% covered by the district. The basin covers 3.52 acres, which includes a 2.44 acre active sedimentation area that averages five feet deep and a 1.08 acre wetland bench that slopes from two to one foot. Emergent vegetation on the bench helps to slow the water flow as it enters the basin, thereby increasing sediment removal. The bench also provides habitat for waterfowl, wading birds, amphibians and furbearers.
Sedimentation Basin Testing
The basin was mapped and depths were recorded across 11 transects during July 1999. The mapping and depth measurements will allow the DNR to return periodically and measure how much sediment the basin has captured. When the sediment collected impairs the basin performance it will have to be removed. Determining how much phosphorus the basin has captured is done by analyzing samples of the sediment for phosphorus.