The City of Baxter has secured a purchase agreement to acquire the southern 13 acres of the former Pine Meadows Golf Course for a very important water quality project.  The subject property is at the outlet of a drainage area of approximately 400 acres of land, most of it developed, that has no organized stormwater treatment system.  The lack of a system makes the subject area and areas upstream and downstream of Whiskey Creek, which is a tributary to the Mississippi River, susceptible to flooding. The proposed project would implement Best Management Practices and store and treat stormwater runoff during large rain events, remove total phosphorus and suspended solids (an estimated 211 and 100,213 pounds annually, respectively) from the water, as well as act as a last treatment system before entering the Whiskey Creek discharging to the Mississippi River.  The proposed project ranks 2nd in amongst 59 retrofit projects for the level of phosphorus removal within the Mississippi Headwaters Board’s territory (Clearwater, Beltrami, Cass, Hubbard, Itasca, Aitkin, Crow Wing, and Morrison Counties).   The City is currently working with other stakeholders such as; the Mississippi Headwaters Board, Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District, Crow Wing County Highway, MPCA, City of Brainerd, MnDOT, and Northland Arboretum on this exciting project and is currently pursuing grants and other funding sources to complete final design and construction of the project in the Summer of 2020.