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Water, our most important asset, is fortunately still clean and plentiful.
Yet, will it always be so?

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OUR MISSION

To work collaboratively on water issues and mobilize on-the-ground actions that encourage diverse sustainable use, protection, recovery and enjoyment of Itasca County's world-class water and shoreland resources that are critical to a strong economy.
 

ANNOUNCEMENT: Deer-Pokegama Lakes Diagnostic Study is now complete—check out the full report here.

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Interested in knowing more about the water quality of your favorite lake? Visit Itasca County Lake Data to see if your lake is one of almost 250 lakes that were sampled for water quality through two grants received by IWLP (see Grant page). Hover your mouse over any one of the 13 analytes, i.e. Total Phosphorus or Thermocline Depth to compare the results for your lake to average values. There is also a link at the bottom of every lake map page to the MN DNR Lake Information website with more information about your lake.

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IWLP’s 2012 Annual Report has been posted under “Reports”. Check it out to see what IWLP has been able to accomplish through the amazing time, talent and dollars donated by a growing community of people who care about Itasca County waters.

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LAKE AND RIVER WATER ANALYSIS

Itasca Community College (ICC) Water Quality Lab

If you or your lake association would like to have the water tested on your lake or river, call the ICC Water Lab at (218) 322-2304 for instructions. Water samples are collected by lab staff who are trained to follow acceptable “standard operating procedures” and the lab is state certified. Click here to view or print a copy of the Order Form/Cost Sheet. For a brief explanation of the tests performed, click here.

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NATURAL SHORELAND BUFFER INCENTIVE (NSBI) PROGRAM

NSBICongratulations to everyone who worked on the Itasca County NSBI project! The three-year NSBI research project is now complete. The project involved trained citizens (college students, lakeshore owners, and Master Gardeners) who helped conduct the research. The Itasca County Lake Challenge Worksheet was used to guide lakeshore owners through an evaluation of their shoreline, identifying “lake-friendly” and “unfriendly” practices, and outlined action steps an owner might wish to implement. You can find links to the Lake Challenge Worksheet, the full report, complete with more photos, and a one-page summary on the Grants Summary section of this website .

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IMPORTANT RECOGNITION! IWLP was presented with Minnesota Water’s “2011 Outstanding Citizen Monitoring Program” award on September 14th. Each year, Minnesota Waters presents this award to honor citizen volunteers who have made exceptional commitments to protecting their local lake or river. This award was first introduced in 2005 to recognize a group whose committed and enterprising members achieve successful outcomes in lake management while forging productive connections with the surrounding community.

RecognitionAccepting this award for IWLP are Dave Lick, President (left) and Dr. John Downing, IWLP Scientist (second from right). Dave Lick, IWLP; Joe Grabowski & Steve Menden, Wenck Engineering; Dr. John Downing, IWLP; and Lois Sinn-Lindquist, Executive Director, MN Waters

  "Team Up for Clean Waters” is an initiative of Itasca Water Legacy Partnership (IWLP), a community coalition including representatives from local business, industry, government, education, tourism, environmental sectors and citizens-at-large in Itasca County. The broad spectrum of stakeholders is evident in the general membership and in the Board of Directors.
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