Education & Outreach
The purpose of the education and outreach program is to effectively communicate the activities of the Comfort Lake - Forest Lake Watershed District (CLFLWD) to Stakeholders as well as increase the awareness of the Stakeholders as to water resource issues and their roles in improving the quality of our water resources.
Presentations to Cities, Townships and County officials, the preparation of newsletters, fact sheets and flyers, and conducting tours of CLFLWD activities are important aspects of the education and outreach program.
Gregg Thompson, a Landscape Restoration Specialist with the Association of Metropolitan Soil and Water Conservation Districts, gives a presentation at a CLFLWD hosted workshop on how shoreland owners can create plantings and gardens that look beautiful, stabilize their lakeshore and work to keep water clean.
In late 2008, the CLFLWD became a member of the East Metro Water Resource Education Program (EMWREP). The EMWREP is a partnership formed to develop a comprehensive water resource education and outreach program for member partners. As of 2015, 22 partner organizations comprise EMWREP's membership. The EMWREP region covers all of Washington County as well as a small portion of Chisago and Ramsey Counties.
The EMWREP 2015 annual report can be found here.
The purpose for this education and outreach program is to educate the public, municipal staff and officials, business owners and various other target audiences within the EMWREP region about the impacts of storm water discharges on water bodies and the steps that they can take to reduce pollutants in storm water runoff.
The East Metro Water Resource Education Program has a blog. Visit the East Metro Water blog to read weekly articles also published in local papers.
The CLFLWD has recently been publishing educational articles in the local newspapers in order to educate the public on water resource issues. the following a a list of recent articles:
- Aquatic plants provide many lake benefits
- A watershed is like a funnel that collects runoff
- Shoreline buffers offer many benefits
- Waste from pets can contribute to lake pollution
- Clean boating practices best
- Curly leaf pondweed by the book and what you need to know
- Not too late in the season to rethink lawncare methods
- Don't 'leave' lawn care chores until spring
- New rules adopted for the Comfort Lake - Forest Lake Watershed District
- Raingardens continue to work throughout the winter
- What will melting snow reveal on your property
EMWREP Education Updates
- Tools and Rules Guide for Shoreline Homeowners
- The Comfort Lake - Forest Lake Watershed District and You
- The Comfort Lake - Forest Lake Watershed District - Budgets and Levies
- Common Submerged Aquatic Plants Found in CLFLWD
A Billion Gallons a Day
6.5-minute video by The New York Times about the
NYC watershed and water supply system.
Nature Works to Make Clean Water
4-minute video by Nature Conservancy about how
nature, especially forests, cleans water.