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The District’s adaptive management implementation strategy is an effective way to make progress toward water resource goals. CLFLWD measures progress for programs and projects both qualitatively and quantitatively.

Measuring Progress

The Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District established 20 measurable goals for the water resources, such as lakes and wetlands, within its boundaries. The District performs an annual inventory of District projects accomplished under each issue area in the preceding year. Assessing progress is a key step in the adaptive management cycle. As projects are implemented in a lake’s watershed, the District collects a variety of monitoring data to evaluate the impact of the project and the lake’s response.

The District also established goals and metrics for each of its 13 programs, which measure the effectiveness of the services the District provides. Examples of these goals include effectiveness of the Permitting Program, Education & Outreach Program, and Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention & Management Program. The District provides an annual progress report that gives updates on each goal from the 2022-2031 Watershed Management Plan.

Progress measurement is a critical aspect of the adaptive management philosophy that the District practices. In order to provide the best services to each lake ecosystem, proper tracking is key. You can find the most recent annual progress report here.

*The District bases its water quality goals on historic data, collecting actual lake sediment cores in some cases, in order to determine the water quality level which each lake can sustain in the long-term. In many cases, the District goal exceeds the minimum state water quality standards.

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