Douglas County Water Quality Legacy Fund Organization

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Background: A local water quality committee with a broad membership was formed to determine how best to develop a legacy fund to provide matching money for water quality grants.  Here are the members of this initial committee:

•      Danielle Anderson, Water Planner, Douglas County Soil & Water Conservation

•      Dean Beck, Area Fisheries Supervisor, MN DNR at Glenwood

•      Jan Beliveau, President, Douglas County Lakes Association

•      Leah Hall, Headwaters Project Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy

•      Jerry Haggenmiller, District Manager, Douglas County Soil & Water Conservation

•      Steve Henry, Water Quality Committee Chair, Douglas County Lakes Association

•      Linda McFann, Secretary, Douglas County Lakes Association

•      Tara Ostendorf, Board Conservationist, Central Region, MN Board of Water & Soil Resources

•      Gene Rose, Vice President, Douglas County Lakes Association 

•      Dave Rush, Director, Land and Resources Management for Douglas County

•      Jim Stratton, Douglas County Board of Commissioners 

 

Objective: Develop a legacy fund to provide matching money for water quality grants

 

Conclusion: We formed a West Central Initiative (WCI) Component Fund to accept private and public funds

  • Provides 501(c)(3) status
  • Manages funds (bookkeeping, IRS, investing, etc.)
  • Provides help with fund raising and marketing

Douglas County Water Quality Legacy Fund Committees

Two committees evaluate potential projects to be supported by the Douglas County Water Quality Fund: 

1.  An Advisory Committee formed by the Douglas County Lakes Association that will select projects to

     support from those recommended by the Technical Committee

2. A Technical Committee formed by the Advisory Committee that will evaluate project proposals for

    feasibility and their match of funding priorities

Advisory Committee Representatives

•     Dean Beck, MN Department of Natural Resources

•     Greg Bowen, Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce

•     Sara Carlson, City of Alexandria

•     Mike Cleary, Douglas County Soil & Water Conservation District

•     Leah Hall, The Nature Conservancy

•     Steve Henry Douglas County Lakes Association

•     John Ledermann, Minnesota Corn Growers Association

•     Jerry Rapp, Douglas County Board of Commissioners

•     Gene Rose, Douglas County Lakes Association 

Technical Committee Representatives

•     Danielle Anderson, Douglas County Soil & Water Conservation District

•     Dean Beck, MN Department of Natural Resources

•     Leah Hall, The Nature Conservancy

•     Scott Henderson,  Sauk River Watershed

•     Ross Reiffenberger, NRC, Consulting Engineer

•     Dave Rush, Douglas County Land and Resources

•     Pete Sanberg, Wideth, Smith, Nolting, Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, and Environmental                  Services, City of Alexandria

 

 

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