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Clitherall Lake Restoration Project - before - photo courtesy of MN DNR
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9th Annual WAPOA Shoreland Restoration Contest

Web posted May 16, 2017
Have you been thinking about restoring all or a portion of your shoreland back to a natural state or creating a shoreland buffer to help improve our water quality?

WAPOA encourages interested lakeshore owners who are interested in improving our water quality and shoreland wildlife habitat to participate in the 9th Annual WAPOA Shoreland Restoration Contest. Your lakeshore must be on one of the 39 lakes (238 miles of shoreland) on which WAPOA conducts water quality testing. This contest can provide you with expert advice, together with WAPOA’s contest funding, to help you complete your restoration project. Contestants will compete for up to a total pool of $20,000, which will be awarded to qualified projects at WAPOA’s discretion. Previous winners have won awards of up to $3800.

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.

People will also be available on Saturday, June 10th at Ideal Town Community Center, after the WAPOA Annual Meeting to answer any questions you may have about the contest, water quality or your personal shoreland restoration project.

The contest deadline is June 16th. No applications will be accepted after that date. Contestants are advised to provide pictures of their shoreland, site plan sketch and a written statement of what 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.

To qualify for the contest your proposed shoreland restoration project must comply with WAPOA contest guidelines. Your property must also meet the 2013-2023 Crow Wing County Water Plan which encourages, but does not limit you to the following, to improve water quality: creating shoreland 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 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.

The contest history goes back to 2009. Since then WAPOA has contributed $58,265, with some help of limited grants, towards this contest. WAPOA has applied for and received a grant in 2017 through the Community Partners Grant Program provided by Crow Wing SWCD to support these projects this year. The Crow Wing SWCD grant is funded by the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment, Clean Water Fund.

Please contact Brian Olson to arrange submission of an application and with any questions that you may have at 612-309-1784 or brian@terraincorp.net.

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