Are you part of a lake association in Otter Tail County? Is your group looking for funding resources and ways to get more people from the community involved in your efforts?
The Healthy Lakes and Rivers Partnership is an introduction to and training in lake management planning, with a specific focus on the needs and strengths of volunteer-based groups like lake associations.
Alex Gehrig of the Freshwater Society is looking to recruit up to eight groups in the Otter Tail County area to participate in the program next spring. The program includes training in lake ecology, communications and plan writing, and provides support for gathering community input and building a concrete action plan that addresses real water resource goals for each participating group.
Groups receive all currently available scientific information on their lake as well as up to $5,000 in seed funding, provided by West Central Initiative, to begin implementation of priority goals for the lake. The program also works closely with area partners for technical and logistical support, such as the county soil and water district.
“While the funding provided in this program is valuable, more often than not it’s the increase in partnerships and participation that groups get out of it that has a really big impact,” says Gehrig. “That’s critical for volunteer organizations like lake associations.”
Funding for the program has been provided by the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund through the Legislative Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources.
The Freshwater Society is a Twin Cities based non-profit that works to promote the conservation, protection and restoration of all freshwater resources.