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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

The MN COLA community


•MN COLA past meetings and events.

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").

MN COLA Events

MN COLA Regular Meetings for 2018

Attendees: MN COLA Members and guests are welcome!

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; lunch provided by Douglas County.

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

Time: 9:30 – 3:00

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

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

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Photo, Carol Hoyem
lake and shore

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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