The First MLR Lake Steward in Minnesota Credits his Eagle Scout training for His Conservation Ethic and Knowledge
“It seemed like the easiest thing to do. It took only a few minutes to do (the survey.)” Lloyd Thyen
The Lake Steward Program is open to all MN Lake Associations that are current members of MLR.
If your Lake Association wants to participate in Lake Steward:
If there is riprap along shore, plants are allowed to grow in it.
For plants in the aquatic zone, only the smallest number/amount can be removed that will allow access to the water for swimming and boating.
No broadcast fertilizer or herbicides/pesticides, including no mosquito spraying, nor aquatic treatments for plants or invertebrates.
Septic system, if present, must be maintained according to best management practices, which usually includes pumping every 1-3 years depending on size of the system and number of people living at the property.
There must be no evidence of stormwater runoff into the lake.
Fire pits can be detrimental to the lake because the ashes are high in phosphorus. If there is a fire pit, it must be at least 25 ft (?50 ft) back from the water’s edge. Pet waste should be picked up from the same area, and piles of leaves, grass clippings, etc. not permitted near the water where they could wash into the lake.
Please allow fallen trees to remain in the water to provide habitat, unless they obstruct recreation access.
Docks and lifts, if stored onshore, should be stacked so that the impervious surface affects the least area of the shoreline zone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.