How Does A Lake Association Qualify To Become a “Minnesota Star Lake”
There are numerous lake associations all over the state whose members devote a lot of their time in the volunteer work in order to keep the lakes healthy on a regular basis. However, all those people who participate in looking after the lakes are all volunteers and they have their own jobs and families to take care off. The funds that they work with are just small amount of grants they receive or the money they themselves contribute. But the task of maintaining and looking after the lakes is not an easy one and it needs adequate time and money in order to be done properly. So the star lake program helps in empowering these associations so that it’s easy for them to achieve their objectives. Once the lake or the river association gets designated as Star Lakes, the Star Lake board provides them with the required assistance for the execution of their management plan.
But there are certain eligibility criteria that the lake associations must meet in order to gain the status of the Star Lake. The minimum requirements for the river or lake association for it to be designated as a Star Lake are as follows:
- A management plan must be developed for the river or the lake according to the guidelines of the board.
- The association must be having the participation of at least half of the private shore land owners and should be able to maintain it.
- The association must take part in a meeting that monitors the water quality according to the standards given by the Pollution Control Agency of Minnesota.
- The association must be meeting annually with the board in order to go over the management plan and to examine the progress that the association has made so far.
The management plan that the board has outlined should have information about the present situation of the lake or the river that should have proper scientific information and data as its basis. Other than that, there should also be plans included for addressing the issues that include:
- The native vegetation increases in the littoral area of the river or lake wherever it applies.
- Also increase in the native vegetation in the areas of the river or the lake shoreline, wherever it is applicable.
- Decreasing, preventing and eliminating the invasive species in the river or the lake.
- Increase of healthy and different kind of fisheries and also the maintenance of those fisheries in the lake or the river, wherever appropriate.
- The way the association might function along with local and state agencies and governmental units to solve the problem of water pollution and in identifying the sources of pollution in the lake or the river.
- The way the association might assist the local and the state programs for generation of data that might be useful for the local agencies and the state government units for the appropriate work.
- The way the association can comply with the standards of the shore land zoning and how well the association can adopt the management practices of the shore land.
- The way the lake association can assure its involvement in opportunities where there’s input by public for various projects on a local and comprehensive scale and also on the projects which include specific zoning and planning processes.
- How the association might help in education opportunities along with recognition for the shore land owners about the various activities that might be affect the water quality of the river or lake.
- Some of the activities other than the ones mentioned that can be coordinated with the efforts of the state and local agencies in the water management.
In addition to the above said issues, the association should update the management plan developed for the Star Lake after every 5 years after it’s adopted.
After the association is able to meet all the conditions and the management plan i made, it can apply to the board in a proper format given by the board. Once the lake association is designated a Star Lake it gets all the necessary help form the board in order to preserve and conserve the lake.
For more information, contact The Weeders Digest – the “Lake Association Help Desk” at 877-224-4899 or on line at http://www.WeedersDigest.com