On September 4th, the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC), which makes recommendations to the Legislature on how to spend a projected $100 million a year of Legacy funds (raised by a 3/8ths cent statewide sales tax approved by voters in 2008) listened to presentations from more than fifty organizations seeking funding for specific, on the ground projects.
One proposal by the Minnesota Coalition of Lake Associations (MN COLA) garnered the majority of the attention. More than forty supporters of the proposal from around the state, some driving down from as far as Mille Lacs and Ely, attended. Special thanks to all of you who turned out in support of this important step forward in the fight to protect Minnesota's lakes and rivers from invasive species. It was inspiring to see so many people turn out for MN COLA's presentation, a real testament to Minnesota's commitment to our lakes.
In addition, the LSOHC received a packet of over 60 letters of support from counties, and lake associations, representing tens of thousands of citizens from across the state. The Minnesota Statewide Aquatic Invasive Species, (AIS) Advisory Committee, appointed by DNR Commissioner Landwehr in December of 2012 also submitted a letter in support of greater funding of local AIS efforts.