Stop Starry Program FUNDED!Published by forester on Tue, 10/05/2021 - 20:07
MLR will support local Civic Organizing, a program from the Midwest Active Citizenship Initiative, to support boat cleaning station use for three years. Our goal is a resilient project that will be self-sustaining after the LCCMR grant is complete. Using Civic Governance strategies developed by Peg Michaels and Tony Massingale at the Humphrey Institute, we will create a local civic infrastructure to not only manage the ongoing use and upkeep of this equipment, but carry on more robust local AIS efforts into the future.
We still need your help in developing strategies for engagement in your community! Researchers at the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Centers report that lakes within a 50 mile radius of an infested lake are at highest risk. Please contact us, so we can begin the discussions around how this containment solution will be utilised as part of our fight to prevent the spread of AIS in Minnesota and save water resources for generations to come.
Our solution is simple:
Provide the tools people need to do the right thing at the places they need them - on the boat ramps,
Augment with ramp improvements that are shown to further increase the use of the equipment and subsequent reduction in the risk of AIS spread,
Leverage targeted community education and support to increase user rates,
Build a transparent, accountable civic platform to change local social norms to consistently use these stations before entering or leaving a lake.