On Thursday, March 5th, 2015, MLR Executive Director spoke at the House Environment, Natural Resources Policy and Funding Committee in opposition to House File 570, a bill that would repeal the $10 million County Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Aid put in place last session.
MLR's strategy of combining a broad grassroots base with vertically integrated advocacy through lake associations and COLA's achieved real results during the 2014 Legislative session. As result of legislation passed in 2014 Minnesota's lakes will be better protected, local lake associatyions will be empowered and property taxes should be lower.
To protect Minnesota's lake and river heritage for current and future generations by forging powerful links between 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.
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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.