“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Dr. Seuss
This spring MLR member Dorothy Whitmer emailed me and wrote, "A few years ago a quiz dropped into my mailbox called 'Rate Your Shoreland!' I took it because I was certain I’d get a high score: our property (my husband and I) was neat and tidy, what could go wrong? Well, I tanked, and in many ways. I think this was the beginning of my realizing that I was responsible for the water quality of my chain of lakes."
So Dorothy took action to make sure that her shoreline not only protected the water quality of her beloved Gull Lake, but also provided habitat for birds, fish and other critters. Then she worked with the Gull Chain of Lakes Association to create the Lake Stewards program to help others restore their shorelines to protect water quality, ecological systems and by extension, property values.
As Dorothy said, "Who could care more for our lakes than the people who love them and live on them? That someone is you!" Dorothy has offered to work with MLR to share this program with all lake associations and lake home and cabin owners in Minnesota. Said Dorothy, "I have a dream of having Lake Stewards and Lake Steward signs on shorelines all over Minnesota."
The program not only provides support for owners, but also connects with One Watershed One Plan efforts/funding, Soil and Water Conservation District Programs and other programs and grants.
View the recording of the Lake Stewards Program HERE: http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EE57D980814931
Farmer Jim Chamberlain has been a leader in the emerging regnerative agriculture and soil health farming movement. In this webinar Jim will present an oveview of these practices, the impact these farm practices can have not only on water quality, but local communities, families and human health. Regenerative agriculture and soil health practices are also changing long established agricultural economic models. Jim Chamberlain will also let you know what lake home and cabin owners and Lake AssociAtions can do to support and advance this new model of agriculture as farmers work to not only raise food, but to do it in a way that protects our precious waters.
View the Recording of The Growing Soil Health & Regenerative Agriculture Movement Could Save Lakes - What You Can Do HERE: www.anymeeting.com/109-303-806/EA50D980874939
A healthy septic system saves money and protects water quality. This webinar by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will cover what you can do as an owner to make sure that your septic system operates at peak efficiency. This will reduce costs and extend useful life of the system. If you love the lake, making sure your septic system is functioning properly is probably the most important thing you can do to protect it for the future.
View the Recording of Septic Secrets Here: www.anymeeting.com/292-823-775/EA50D982874E3A
Author Jeff Forester will lead a discussion on his book The Forest for the Trees, How Humans Shaped the Northwoods. It is the ecological history of the BWCA, starting with tribal fire regimes, pioneer logging, industrial logging, US Forest Service fire suppression, designation as wilderness, and a return to setting fires in the area following the 1999 blow down event.
As we head into what will be another fire season, the roots of our catastrophic fires can be found in research done in the BWCA about a half century ago along with potential solutions.
View the Recording HERE: http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EE54D884804C30
In this webinar, you will learn about the Board of Water and Soil Resources’ One Watershed, One Plan program, and how you can get involved in developing ten-year plans to restore and protect local water resources. Through the program, partnerships identify the most important issues and places in the watershed, set goals for the future, and create action plans to meet those goals. While this is a local-government led process, lake associations and others have an important role to play in providing input and in helping implement the plans once they are approved.
View the Recording HERE: http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EE54D885864A3F
Enhanced wake technology, or wakeboard boats, use massive ballast tanks, a redesigned power train and huge engine to create large wakes that people can surf on. The surfer remains close to the boat and maximum speeds are perhaps 10 knots, so the surfer can talk with the passengers. These watercraft are quicklky becoming the most popular form of lake based recreation and represent one of the fastest growing sectors of the boating industry.
While they are fun, there is also risk. The massive wakes these boat put off can damage sensitive shorelines, docks and boats. They can imperil those in smaller watercraft. The thrust can go down 16 feet, destroying aquatic plants and churning up sediments. This webinar will introduce you to these boats, and cover the issues related to them.
View the recording HERE: https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=EE52DA80894739
A great program that has expanded beyond Cass County - let's take it statewide. Learn how.
Looking to plan for the future of your lake home or cabin? Join attorney David Salter in the Cabin Trust Webinar. David is a long time MLR member with a family cabin - he gets family legacy!
Between 100 and 200 loons are killed every year in Minnesota from ingesting lead fishing tackle, and well and many swans and other waterfowl. The MPCA and MLR partnered to present this webinar on what you and your lake associatgion can do to promote using safe fishing tackle alternatives.
Read all the latest in the MLR Update: MLR Update March 2020
To protect Minnesota's lake and river heritage for current and future generations by forging powerful links among lakes, lake advocates, and policy makers.
- Lead in efforts to fund and implement a comprehensive statewide plan to halt the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species.
- Work to reform lakeshore Property Taxes to protect lakeshore from overdevelopment and to keep the lake legacy affordable for future generations.
- Strive to protect surface Water Quality in Minnesota with information and policy priorities.
- Work with policy makers to advocate Aquatic Habitat measures, and work with Lake Association members to implement aquatic plant management.
- Lead in advocating for strong Shoreline and Forestland Stewardship incentives.
- Offer Legacy Seminars to help ensure the treasured family heritage of time a the lake or in the woods with family can continue for generations to come.
MSRPO has become Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates to reflect our broadening mission and member concerns. We were formed in 1994 to represent recreational property owners at the State Capitol but have since represented all who are not only interested in property taxes but in the overall health and well being of their surrounding environment.
From a few cabins on Lake Vermilion, MLR has grown to represent over 6,000 families that own lakeshore and forestland. Their issues now include not only major tax reform, but water quality, shoreline regulations, habitat protection, forest fragmentation, and shoreline over-development.