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MN COLA is a volunteer organization with the mission of preserving, protecting and improving the waters and shorelands of the State of Minnesota through advocacy, education, and sharing of best practices.
We welcome new members as individuals; lake or river associations; coalitions, alliances, or associations of multiple lake, river, or property owner associations; watershed and lake improvement districts.
We stand ready to assist groups in any part of Minnesota who wish to form an association.
Our members are encouraged to bring issues to the attention of MN COLA for assistance and advocacy
Our goal is to have all lake associations in the state join MN COLA so that common interests and concerns can be more efficiently addressed. Please encourage your lake, river or watershed association to join MN COLA! Not a member but wish to be on our mailing list? Contact us at email@example.com
The MN COLA community
• President's Report of our latest meeting of the membership.
• MN COLA Comment on Enbridge Line 3 "Replacement" DEIS: July, 2017 (Click on "Current Topics" ➸ "Issues").
• Highlights of MN COLA Spending Survey on AIS by private sources and LGUs, and not including the funding from DNR or the State-to-County aid (Click on "Surveys" ➸ "Completed Surveys").
Attendees: MN COLA Members and guests are welcome!
➱Date: January 16, 2018 - This will be a morning conference call to update our Grassroots Action Agenda
Location: Telephone call; call-in phone number will be sent out to members via email
➱Date: March 20, 2018
Host: Lake Marion Improvement Association
Location: Elks Lodge, 720 MN-7, Hutchinson, MN 55350
➱Date: June 19, 2018 - Annual meeting
Host: Whitefish Area Property Owners Association (WAPOA)
Location: Ideal Township Community Center, 35458 Butternut Point Road, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
•"A post-session Minnesota legislative update": Jeff Forester, MN Lakes and Rivers Advocates.
•"Insights on the White Bear Lake lawsuit against the DNR for excessive groundwater pumping": Katie Crosby Lehmann, Ciresi Conlin, Founding & Managing Partner.
•"Keep clean water clean for people and nature": Rich Biske, Natural Conservancy, Fresh Water Program Director.
•"You get What you ask for: effective action to make our voices heard on clean water" Matt Gladue, Nature Conservancy, Field Director.
•"MN COLA-developed County AIS metrics": Joe Shneider and Kevin Farnum, MN COLA.
•"An AIS video series for the summer of 2018": Erika Gilsdor, Leighton Broadcasting.
➱Date: September 18, 2018
Host: Bug-Bee Hive Resort with Paul Bugbee
Location: On Lake Koronis, 29659 Queen Bee Ln, Paynesville, MN 56362
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
➱Date: Sept. 25, 2018 - Lake Association-Government Interactions Workshop
Goals: The workshop is aimed at building additional community capacity by sharing information on local government responsibilities; by self-assessing your lake association's individual, relational, and organizational capacity; and by providing some practical tips for with working with your local and state agencies.
Cost: the event is free.
Organizer: Paul Radomski, Lake Ecologist, DNR
Sponsor: MN COLA is the proud sponsor of a workshop on building community capacity as related to lake associations and to coalitions of those associations.
Location: Douglas County Public Works Building, 526 Willow Dr, Alexandria, MN
Attendees: Lake Association Members and Leaders; Coalition of Lake Association members
Dr. Amit Pradhananga, Research Associate, University of Minnesota
Dave Rush, Douglas County Land & Resource Management Director
Jeff Forester, Minnesota Lakes & River Advocates
Chris Pence, Board Conservationist, BWSR
Paul Radomski, Lake Ecologist, DNR
Kris Carlson, Decision Support Specialist, DNR
Please help support this event with your attendance.
If you're interested please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please forward to people that you think might be interested!
➱Date: December 11, 2018
Location: Initiative Foundation offices, 405 First St. S.E., Little Falls, MN. 56345.
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
MN COLA serves to coordinate the efforts of all lake, river, and watershed associations in Minnesota, related to shoreline preservation and restoration, water quality, prevention of aquatic invasive species (AIS), and sustainable uses and development for bodies of water in all counties, which include: Aitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Jackson, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Koochiching, Lac Qui Parle, Lake, Lake Of The Wood, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Marshall, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Norman, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Roseau, St. Louis, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Wilkin, Winona, Wright, and Yellow Medicine.
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