To be successful in improved lake management, community capacity has to be developed, fostered,
and used. Drs. Pradhananga and Davenport have conceptualized community capacity into five
components: individual, relational, organizational, programmatic, and justice. They state:
“Individual capacity includes an individual’s actions, beliefs, concerns, sense of responsibility, and ability to take
action. Relational capacity includes knowledge exchange through social networks, norm development, and
At the State of the State address Governor Dayton reaffirmed his commitment to passing some form of riparian buffer legislation this session.
From the perspective of a lakeshore steward, the riparian buffer proposal does not change how the land is managed. The program is more focused to address the streams, rivers and watercourses that meander through the agricultural land surrounding many Minnesota lakes.