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Lakewood Cemetery shoreline restoration

Lakewood Cemetery shoreline restoration
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Lakewood Cemetery Association
Minneapolis, MN

restoring water quality, adding distinctive beauty

In the heart of Minneapolis, Lakewood Cemetery was developed in the 1870s with 11 miles of wide, winding roads and 50 formal flower beds. The centerpiece of this urban oasis is an eight-acre lake, once plagued by high phosphorous levels. Barr's analysis revealed that the lake's water-quality problems were caused by shoreline erosion and a large quantity of geese droppings within the lake's catchment area. In response we provided a lakeshore restoration design that was as beautiful as it was effective — first stabilizing the eroding shoreline with coconut-fiber rolls and boulders, then establishing a buffer zone of 23,000 native plants. These broad drifts of wild flowers and sedges, planted 15 to 30 feet from the shore, trap pollutants and discourage geese. They are also in perfect harmony with the cemetery's character and history.