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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

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MN COLA Events for 2019

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Attendees: MN COLA Members and guests are welcome!

Date: March 19, 2019

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

ATTENTION: Location changed from Great River Regional Library in St Cloud to Buffalo, MN.

Location: Wright County Government Center. 10 2nd Street NW, Buffalo, MN.

Special Topics:

•MN COLA Attendance at Wright County Board meeting to hear discussion of the 2019 Regional AIS Inspection Program (The Wright County pilot program is embarking on its 2nd full year of operation and challenges still need to be overcome including expansion of the program to more lakes and other program elements).

• "Rolling out our 2019 Grassroots Action Agenda": Joe Schneider, President, MN COLA.

• "Updates on the Enbridge oil pipeline": Lynn Goodrich, Vice-President, MN COLA.

• "Updates on the copper nickel mining efforts": Tom Nelson, Secretary, MN COLA.

• "Wake boat impacts and what can be done": Chuck Herrig, Gull Chain of Lakes Association.

•Round Robin on Water Quality Challenges and Solutions: The Quarterly Update from MN COLA Members.

• "An update on the 2019 Legislative Session": Jeff Forester, MN Lakes and Rivers Advocates .

Date: June 18, 2019

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Cass Lake area; specific location TBA.

We are asking for groups who would like to host the fall or winter MN COLA meetings listed below. If you have an interest in hosting, please let us know and we will try to make it happen. We like to set aside time for the hosts to provide insights about their local organization, and we know all our members benefit from the exposure.

Date: Sept 17, 2019

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: TBA.

Date: Dec 17, 2019

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: TBA.

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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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