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
Forest Lake Stormwater Tour & Workshop
Tuesday September 11, 2018 | Forest Lake City Center
4:00pm - 7:30pm
Over the past three years, partners in Forest Lake have leveraged state and local funding and worked together to minimize the impacts to lakes, rivers and groundwater from stormwater runoff. The workshop is part of the NEMO (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials) providing education and training to community leaders about water resources, the impacts from land use, and strategies for protection and restoration.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 | CLFLWD Office 44 Lake St. South, Forest Lake
5:00pm - 7:00pm
The Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District (CLFLWD) is teaming up with the Forest Hills Golf Club to construct a $1M water quality project that will clean up Shields Lake! This water quality improvement project will include a stormwater harvest and irrigation reuse system, and a whole-lake alum treatment. Join us for the informational open house to learn more about this exciting Project!
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.