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Wetland project reshapes Schwarz Pond shoreline

Trees have disappeared along Schwarz Pond and there is a new wetland area created by SKB Environmental crews.

It's been a busy winter for Schwarz Pond Park. The area North of Rosemount High School has gotten a bit of a facelift.

Over the winter SKB Environmental added a new wetland, graded in a new trail near the pond and did some cleanup around the area, said parks and recreation director Dan Schultz.

As the weather continues to improve the company will continue working in the area as it adds native landscaping, a fishing pier and a formal trail from the Schwarz Pond Park parking lot to the varsity baseball located just down the hill field.

The trail replaces a dirt footpath that the city closed last year due to safety concerns. The city has received complaints regarding how steep the footpath was and that it was often washed out after heavy rains.

"I think it will be a nice amenity for the community," said Schultz of the overall project.

SKB did most of the work and paid for the equipment as part of the company's wetland mitigation. The project came up after SKB did an expansion project in 2010. Not able to fulfill the mitigation efforts on its own property, the company asked the city if it could fulfill the requirements elsewhere.

The Schwarz Pond project was chosen because it provides public benefit and educational opportunities.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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