Neighborhood Association Honored for Conservation Project

Watershed, association work together for wetland


Sometimes, people would approach her and tell the Albert Lea resident they felt sorry for her. The view out her back window was formerly an unused, minimally maintained property, and others did not think much of it.

Mary Peterson said that was before the Shell Rock River Watershed District turned the property into a wetland bank.

“They’re not going to feel sorry for us anymore,” she said.

Several Albert Lea residents have watched that property — sandwiched between Lakeview Boulevard on the east, Edgewater Park on the west and St. John’s Lutheran Community on Fountain Lake on the northwest — cycle through different lives, but cooperation in bringing it to its current state of existence recently won them an award.

Petersen is a member of the Country Club Estates Association, a board representing a group of 22 units on Martin Lane. The association — Nancy McDonald, John Double, Marlys Webber, Mary Peterson, Dale Henrikson, Sara Koenecke and Dave Elvebak — was recognized as the Shell Rock River Watershed District 2019 Urban Conservationist of the Year for their “vital role in the Fountain Lake Restoration project,” according to the Watershed District.

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