Dear Friends of the Lake;
The board of directors of the Forest Lake Lake Association (FLLA) would like you to support the following legislative bill currently being considered in the Minnesota Senate. The information below is from Minnesota Lakes and Rivers an organization that the FLLA belongs to.
AIS continues to be a significant issue for Forest Lake. It is the largest issue that the lake association will be spending on in future years. The control of AIS will remain a challenge. There are other species of AIS that we do have in Forest Lake which are worse than what we currently have. These other species could easily get into our lake and the cost to control them could be significant.
We need state funding to help Lake Associations like FLLA to combat AIS. Forest Lake, like many other lakes in Minnesota, is at war with AIS and we need to continue to work hard to protect our lake now and for future generations. This all cost money. This bill, if passed, would provide an opportunity for the FLLA to obtain funding to fight AIS.
Please consider sending your support for this bill. Click on the "Take Action" button below. It really only takes about 2 minutes to fill out the form and send an e-mail.
Forest Lake Lake Association Board of Directors
Jerry Grundtner, President
For many years the MN DNR made about $800,000 in grants to lake associations to help them manage aquatic invasive species. But in 2016 they cut the grants in half, to $400,000. The next year they ended them altogether.
SF 1062, authored by Senator Rich Draheim, and joined by Senators Rudd, Ingebrigtsen, Jensen, and Eichorn would, if passed into law, provide $1 million of General Fund money in 2020 and 2021 for matching grants to lake associations for controlling aquatic invasive species. No more than 10% of the funding may go to a single lake association.
Click the Blue "Take Action" button below to send your Senator an email asking them to support this legislation. While AIS is a statewide problem, for too long the costs have been local. Lake Associations deserve support in the work they do to protect the public good of healthy lake ecosystems.