1.0 Introduction and Summary

The Schutz Lake subwatershed is located along the southern boundary of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD or District) and within the City of Victoria.  A portion of the northwestern subwatershed is located within the Carver Regional Park Reserve, while the southern subwatershed contains lands that are part of the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center and Landscape Arboretum.  The lake dominates the northern subwatershed, with some residential development on its east side, while the southern subwatershed contains agriculture and scattered residential development.    Schutz Lake outlets into a large wetland that discharges to an outlet under Highway 7 into Lake Minnetonka,

Schutz Lake is close to meeting its water quality goals.   No current information is available regarding the fishery, but in 1991 a fish survey revealed a good pan and sport fishery.  Eurasian watermilfoil is present in the lake.  Few wetlands are present in the subwatershed, although wetlands riparian to Schutz Lake provide fish and wildlife habitat.

Over the next ten years, the District's focus in the Schutz Lake subwatershed will be on protecting and improving water quality in the lake as the upper subwatershed develops and conserving ecological integrity within the subwatershed.  The following will be particular focus areas:

  • Minimizing impacts on water resources from future development through enhanced regulation that requires higher levels of pollutant removal and increased infiltration of runoff.
  • Improving water quality through construction of improvement projects.
  • Conserving ecological integrity through wetland restoration activities in key conservation areas.