Maplewood has many lakes and streams, including the famous Phalen Chain-of-Lakes. Many of our lakes offer recreational opportunities for boating and fishing. Lakes fall under the jurisdiction of federal, state, and local agencies.
The Phalen-Chain-of-Lakes canoe route takes you through all six lakes in the chain and requires one portage around a weir structure in the channel north of Round Lake. In dry summers, the channels may not have enough water to canoe. Read about it in the City's environmental newsletter Seasons (December 2012 edition).
The federal Clean Water Act requires states to set water quality standards to protect lakes, streams, and wetlands. A water body is considered impaired if it does not meet the water quality standards. In Minnesota, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) coordinates this effort, and works with other state and local agencies to: assess all waters for pollutions, conduct Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) studies to set pollution reduction goals, and implement measures to reduce pollutants and meet standards.
Every two years, MPCA creates a list of impaired waters that do not meet water quality standards. Monitoring suggests that about 40% of Minnesota's lakes and streams are impaired for conventional pollutants. To view a list of impaired waters visit the MPCA Impaired Waters List.