9th Annual WAPOA
Shoreland Restoration Contest
By Brian W. Olson

Have you been thinking about restoring all or a portion of your shoreline back to a natural state or creating a shoreland buffer to help improve our water quality?

WAPOA encourages interested lakeshore owners on the 39 lakes (238 miles of shoreline) that WAPOA conducts water quality testing who are interested in improving our water quality and shoreline wildlife habitat to participate in the 9th Annual WAPOA Shoreland Restoration Contest.  This contest can provide you with expert advice, together with WAPOA contest funding, to help you complete your restoration project.  Contestants will compete for up to a potential awards totaling $25,000, which will be awarded to qualified projects at WAPOA’s discretion.

Contest Details and Meeting Dates

If you are interested in being a contestant or are curious about improving your shoreland for water quality and wildlife/pollinator habitat there will be two WAPOA Open Houses.

1st Open House – Saturday, June 3rd at Crosslake Community Center, 1:00 to 3:30 pm. Representatives from WAPOA will be there with handouts and answer questions relating to the contest, water quality and shoreland restoration issues.
2nd Open House – Wednesday, June 7th at Moonlite Bay, 5:00 to 7:30 pm. Experts from MN DNR, Crow Wing SWCD, local landscape contractors and WAPOA will be there with handouts and answer questions relating to the contest topics relating to water quality.  Appetizers will be provided.
WAPOA, at their annual meeting on Saturday, June 10th at Ideal Town Community Center, will have people to answer any questions at the end of the meeting that you may have about the contest, water quality or your personal shoreland restoration project.

The contest deadline is June 16th with arrangements made through Brian W. Olson, WAPOA Director of Shoreland Restoration.

Contestants are advised to provide pictures of their shoreland, site plan sketch and a written statement of the shoreland issue is and what your proposed restoration goals are.  The judges will discuss your proposal with you and help you develop your project design with suggestions relating to design, materials, plantings and installation costs.  The judges will be from the MN DNR, Crow Wing SWCD and WAPOA.

Contestant Qualifications

In order to have your property qualify for the contest your proposed shoreland restoration project must comply with WAPOA contest guidelines.

Your property will also need to meet the 2013-2023 Crow Wing County Water Plan which encourages, but does not limit you, to the following in order to improve water quality: creating shoreline buffers, storm water infiltration basins, rain gardens, trail erosion control management, tree & shrub plantings and non-erodible drainage swales.  All improvements must be above the Ordinary High Water Level of the lake and the proposed plantings shall be native to the area.

Ineligible activities are septic system upgrades, garbage cleanups, aquatic vegetation control, beach blankets, boulder rip-rap, imperious surface improvements and any local governmental permit fees, if any.

All projects will need to be completed by October 31, 2017 and successful contestants will be required to provide a 25% match of their award amount.  This match can be provided by in-kind labor, materials or payment.

Contest History

The contest history goes back to 2009.  Since then WAPOA has contributed $58,265, with some help of limited grants, towards this contest.

Source of Contest Award Amounts

WAPOA has again this year applied for and received a grant available through the Community Partners Grant Program provided by Crow Wing SWCD.  The Crow Wing SWCD grant is funded by the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment, Clean Water Fund.

Contest and Shoreland Restoration Questions

Please contact me with any questions that you may have at 612-309-1784 or