Source:Clean Water Fund
Activity Type:Demonstration/Pilot Project, Education/Outreach/Engagement, Preservation, Restoration/Enhancement, Technical Assistance
This project works with local governments, shoreline property owners, farmers, conservation groups, and other partners to provide learning opportunities, technical help, and financial assistance that results in cleaner water through healthier shorelands and watersheds. DNR staff, with multiple partners, host workshops titled "Our Water, Our Choices," "Get More from Your Shore," and "NEMO - Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials'" that increase understanding of the connection between land and water among local officials (county board, city council, board of adjustment, planning commission, etc.) and property owners (especially shoreline property owners and agricultural producers). The workshops highlight strategies for minimizing impacts of human land use on lakes, streams, and wetlands. They also provide hands on assistance with shoreline and streambank restoration projects. This project also produces new outreach materials and promotes existing DNR shoreland tools such as "Restore Your Shore" (interactive CD rom) and "Lakescaping for Wildlife and Water Quality" (book).
About the Issue
Healthy shorelands and watersheds are critical for healthy lakes. The shoreland - the area where the land meets the water - is home to the majority of plants and animals in the lake ecosystem. Trees, shrubs, and deep-rooted native grasses and wildflowers prevent erosion of the shoreline and trap dirt, excess phosphorus, and other pollution from entering the lake. However, many of our shoreland ecosystems have been severely degraded by replacement of native vegetation with turf grass or crops. These land uses, both on the shoreline and in the watershed (the area of land that drains to the water body) strongly influence the health of our lakes, streams and wetlands. By working with people that make or influence decisions about how the land is treated, we provide learning opportunities and technical help for restoration and protection of shorelands and watersheds.
Start Date:July 2009
Project Details by Fiscal Year
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road