Friday, September 29, 2017

DNR Permit requirements for boat removal transport


Dear Fellow FLLA members;
Due to the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) in Forest Lake, the MN DNR requires all watercraft owners removing or launching their boats from or into Forest Lake to carry this permit from the MN DNR  ( )with them to the next location for cleaning, repairing, storing and/or launching their watercraft.

  • transport watercraft without removing the drain plug.
  • arrive at a lake access with a drain plug in place.
  • transport aquatic plants, zebra mussels, or other prohibited species without permit 2015-003 (see link above)
  • launch a watercraft with prohibited species attached.
  • release bait into the water.
  • place a boat lift, dock, swim raft or associated equipment that has been removed from any water body may not be placed into another water body until a minimum of 21 days have passed.
For other MN DNR restrictions and rules, etc. please see the MN DNR website or contact the MN DNR directly at (651) 296-6157 or 888-646-6367.

 Without the Permit/Form in your possession there is the possibility of a $500 fine.  Thank you for your consideration and for doing your part to protect Forest Lake.

Forest Lake Lake Association Board of Directors

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Help Protect Your Lake

                                                                                                                                       Sept. 16, 2017

Dear Friends of the Lake,
Did you know that one pound of phosphorus can generate 500 pounds of algae during those "gross" algae blooms of July and August? Untreated storm water runoff from yards, ditches streets and the city storm water system deposits over 2100 pounds of phosphorus per year into Forest Lake.

This is  NOT  fertilizer phosphorus, but phosphorus from decaying grass clippings, leaves, twigs and sediment that washes into the lake, often  through the city storm water drain system( ie., through those storm water grates on curbed streets).

The Comfort Lake Forest Lake Watershed District, in an effort to protect the lake, is funding a storm water street drain stenciling program this Saturday , Sept 23  from 9am to 1 pm to let people know that storm water grates drain into the lake without any treatment.

Since all volunteers (adults and youth), will receive a tee shirt, beverage and food, we need you to  RSVP providing your name and  shirt sizes ( S,M,L XL).   RSVP by either :

1.     Calling :       Jack  MacKenzie @ 651-324-8873
2.     Emailing :

Event details are listed below. Thanks for your help!

FLLA Board of Directors
Stev Stegner, President

  SCWMS and CLFLWSD Storm Drain Stencil Initiative Information
  • Date: September 23, 2017 alternate date September 30
  • Pre and Post project destination: CLFLWD office, 44 Lake St S, Forest Lake, MN 55025 (next to Kodiak Coffee)
  • Gloves, safety vests provided.  Paint and templates provided.
  • Push brooms, back pack blowers and flat shovels needed for pre-clean up.
  • Goal: To clean and paint "neatly" as many storm drains as possible and   
  • Time: 8:30 pre-project meeting begins, including: discussion, team creation, instructions, materials distribution and mapping.
  • 9:00 initiative starts, groups head to respective areas to paint, call Jack if you encounter challenges.
  • Remember: clean area for good paint adhesion, paint, cone, stuff fliers into mailboxes, repeat. 

  • The day will be over no later than 1:00 pm, maybe sooner depending on how many volunteers we have.  Currently there are 875 storm drains to stencil.  According to statistics, one team of three can clean and paint between 10 and 15 per hour.  Realistically, it is my hope to knock out half of the drains this year and the other half next spring.

  • Post meeting after at the CLFLW Office.