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Lake Association Project: Douglas County Lake Potential Project Assessment


The charge was to identify opportunities for students, faculty and staff at UMM to collaborate with Douglas County lake associations to help address environmental issues of concern to association members.


Douglas County Soil and Water Conservation District
Douglas County Lakes Association
Minnesota Dept of Natural Resources
Minnesota Star Lakes program
The Initiative Foundation
UMN-Morris Center for Small Towns
UMN-Morris Environmental Studies Program


To identify these opportunities a project scoping effort was conducted that involved attending lake association meetings, communicating with lake association members, visiting lake association websites and other relevant sites (e.g. Douglas Co. Soil and Water Conservation District, MN Dept. of Natural Resources, MN Pollution Control Agency, etc.), reviewing lake management plans and meeting with other natural resource personnel in the area to learn about issues of interest to lake associations in Douglas County.


The following summarizes opportunities that are of interest to members from the Lake Ida Association (and that are also relevant to other lake associations) and represent that types of projects that may be of interest to UMM faculty, staff and students:


  1. Initial research process started (May-June) - consisted of hours on websites, exchanging e-mails, and making contacts with lake associations.
  2. (June-July) Attended association meetings, continued gathering data, began initial collaboration of data and started potential project development planning.
  3. (July-August) Once most data was collected, planning process continued. Project ideas came from interests of association members and collaboration with Jessica Beyer, Clay Fischer, and Karen Mumford (fmr UMM professor).
  4. (August) Proposed projects brought before UMM faculty for consideration.
    Written reports pending


In-Kind 1,050.00
Outside 10,572.00
Volunteer 277.50
State Special 6,000.00
Total 17,899.50

Leveraged resources

Otto Bremer Foundation 9,072.00

Last updated 12-14-2011
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