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.
Upcoming Events & Workshops
Turf Talk: Double Feature
Saturday May 12, 2018 | Forest Lake City Center - Community Room
8:00am - 9:30am & 10:00am - 11:30am
Grab a friend and join us for a FREE lawn management workshop taught by a local turf expert! Attend one session, or stick around for both!
Session 1: Best mowing practices, fertilization, plant protectants, weed control
Session 2: Soil samples, reading soil tests, and picking the right fertilizer mixture
Saturday May 19, 2018 | CLFLWD Office 44 Lake St. South, Forest Lake
9:00am - 12:00pm
Join us this spring for your chance to make a difference in keeping our waters clean! Volunteers will be working with District staff and local Master Watershed Stewards to clean off storm drains and raise awareness through stenciling.
Volunteers will receive a free breakfast and t-shirt. All supplies provided.
2017 Presentations & Articles
2017 Turf Care Truths & Tips
Presented by Master Watershed Steward Jack MacKenzie, this informational series on turf grass best practices has provided many homeowners with the knowledge they need to manage their lawns. How short should I cut my grass? What fertilizer should I use? When should I fertilize? How do I take a soil test and what do the resutls mean? When should I treat my weeds? MacKenzie answers all of these questions and more!
2017 Forest Lake Lake Association Annual Meeting
CLFLWD Program Assistant, Mike Sorensen, presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the Forest Lake Lake Association (FLLA). Topics discussed include water quality, invaisve species, and capital improvement projects.
2017 Storm Drain Stenciling
Master Watershed Steward Jack MacKenzie organized a community event aimed at educating the public on the importance of keeping storm drains clear of debris. Over 25 community members joined forces on September 23rd 2017 to stencil "No Dumping" messages in front of local storm drains. This is an ongoing community project, if you are interested in learning how you can help contact the CLFLWD office at 651-395-5850.
EMWREP Annual Report
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. Over 22 partner organizations comprise EMWREP's membership covering all of Washington County as well as a small portion of Chisago and Ramsey Counties.
- 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
- 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
- Raingardens continue to work throughout the winter
- What will melting snow reveal on your property
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.