Eagan Celebrates Clean Waters with LakeFest

Eagan is an angler's dream in the south-metro area: There is public access to fishing within one mile of every resident's home. What's more, Eagan has won national recognition for its clean waters and abundant parks.

On Saturday, June 12 Eagan residents will gather for LakeFest, a celebration of the city's lakes, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Blackhawk Park, on Murphy Parkway just off Deerwood Drive. At LakeFest on Saturday, residents can take a child fishing without having to worry about bringing a fishing license or even gear, which will be provided to all who are fishing. This year Eagan will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the city's nationally recognized program for water quality.

Eagan MN has about 200 lakes and ponds that are at least an acre in size, with a total of about 350 bodies of water. To protect all that water takes a serious commitment from the city and serious participation from residents. In 1990, Eagan became the first city in Minnesota to adopt a comprehensive lake water quality management plan. In 1996, the program received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National First Place award for outstanding municipal storm water control. In 2007, the city adopted a state-of-the-art water quality and wetland management plan that has been widely praised. Since 2008, Eagan's popular Neighborhood Fishing Program has provided public access to fishing within a mile of every home.

Other activities are planned: Kids will be invited to create "fish print" art, learn about water safety, and take part in water-quality experiments. For adults, groups from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the National Audubon Society are putting on informational displays. There will also be music by award-winning folk singer and songwriter Bill Isles of Duluth.

June 12 is also "National Get Outdoors Day" and "Take a Kid Fishing Day."

LakeFest 2010 will be held rain or shine. For more information go to www.ci.eagan.mn.us.

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