2019 Legislative Outcomes - Protecting Minnesotan’s lake and river heritagePublished by forester on Tue, 06/11/2019 - 18:15
Minnesota’s lakes, the keystone for our way of life, our economy, and our state identity, have no organized constituency working to protect them except Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates. Single species have their organized advocates, like Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited. Different areas of the state have their cheerleaders, the various “Friends of” groups.
Despite over 300,000 lake home and cabin owners, and the significant investment, both financial and emotional, which these families have made in their lake place, less than 1% of lake home and cabin owners have engaged, contact their legislators on pro-lake legislation, and have joined MLR. What happens in St. Paul does impact us out on the dock. MLR has had remarkable success, but so much work remains. If 5% or even 10% of the lake home and cabin owners in Minnesota, joined MLR, and engaged with us in an organized way on pro-lake legislation and advocacy, we would be able to reverse the disturbing trends we see in water quality.
MLR’s mission is simple: protect Minnesota’s lake and river heritage for current and future generations by forging powerful links among lakes, lake advocates and policy makers.
MLR’s strategy is effective:
- Full time lobbying at the state capitol,
- State of the art electronic citizen’s action alerts the less than 1% of lake property owners use to contact their legislators on lake issues (last session these people generated over 10,000 individual constituent correspondences)
- Active media campaign to frame lake issues and educate the public,
- Organizing local leaders to engage with township, city, and county governments on behalf of lakes creating vertical integration of advocacy efforts.
The good news is that the lake folks who have engaged were able to accomplish much this year. Read below for a full report on outcomes that will impact you on the dock from the 2019 Minnesota Legislative Session.