City water resources staff—Bryan Gruidl, Steve Gurney, Jack Distel, Dave Gunderson and Derek Cable—were recently awarded the 2021 Izaak Walton League’s Bush Lake Public Good Award for their contributions to Bloomington waterways. The award recognizes public employees for their contributions to water quality, conservation and the environment.
“This award is a testament to the City’s efforts in doing the important work of creating a healthy local ecology,” Jack Distel said. “It also highlights the valuable partnerships between the City and its residents and organizations, like the Isaac Walton League, who are and who will be vital in our shared goal of being good stewards to the land and the many communities it supports.”
In recent years, water resources has collaborated with the Bush Lake Chapter on a number of projects, including the installation of wood duck houses on Normandale Lake. They replaced the outlet structure that connects East Bay Pond to Bush Lake with the installation of a beaver-proof structure, which helps to protect Bush Lake’s water quality and allows beavers to inhabit the area. They also implemented water quality best management practices in West Bush Lake Park to further protect the lake. Also, water resources provides funding to maintain native vegetation around Bush Lake, and plan to manage the invasive cattail around the lake.