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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NATURAL SHORELAND BUFFER INCENTIVE (NSBI) PROGRAM
Congratulations 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.
Accepting 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