Lake Associations boost invasive species spending

FROM THE 2017 CONCORDIA COLLEGE STUDY  LINK HERE

“Lake associations, if taken collectively, are the hardest-working, most generous, most effective conservation group in the state,” said Jeff Forester, executive director of Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates.

● Most lake associations have 100-400 members and 10 or more board members. Even though about half of lake association board members have expertise in specific lake conservation areas such as fisheries and/or AIS, only about 5% of them are able to contribute to legislation affecting the lake.

● Collectively, the 500+ Minnesota lake associations donate about $6.25 million, annually, to the care of Minnesota’s lakes.

● Collectively, the 500+ lake associations in Minnesota contribute about 1.2 million volunteer hours annually to lake conservation activities, including AIS inspection, attendance of meetings, water quality testing, and community education/outreach activities.

● The top 3 concerns of lake associations in Minnesota are: AIS, overall water quality, and runoff control.