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Be sure to read the 2017 Summer Newsletter!

Educating and helping landowners understand their options to protect natural features on their land is at the heart of the Foundation’s work. Bob and Ginny Haddorff placed a conservation easement on their property on Little Whitefish Lake in Crow Wing County in late 2016 working in partnership with the Foundation and the Minnesota Land Trust.  Read more....


The newest Aquatic Management Area (AMA) in Crow Wing County will be dedicated in spring 2017.   The Roosevelt Lake State Aquatic Management Area - Judy and Charlie Eggers Tract is 105 acres and over 5,000 feet of pristine, forested shoreland in Woods Bay.  

Following the death of their parents, Judy and Charlie Eggers, the three Eggers siblings wanted to implement their parents’ wishes to preserve
this special place as protected public land to be managed for fish and wildlife and public recreational opportunities.  Through the vision and generosity of Jo Ann Todd, Linda Van Straaten, and Allan Eggers, the natural features of this “sensitive shoreline” will be permanently protected and contribute to the long-term health of Lake Roosevelt.  Read more....


The Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation has a very unique opportunity to offer landowners--the ability to protect our water quality, preserve critical habitat, and receive compensation for keeping this region unique and special. We launched our Clean Water Critical Habitat Program in 2014 with funding provided by the Outdoor Heritage Fund. The Foundation is also working on a Reinvest in Minnesota Easement Program with the Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources and the Cass and Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation Districts in 2017 with funding from the Legislative Citizen's Commission on Natural Resources (LCCMR). Both of these programs assist conservation-minded landowners to place conservation easements on lakeshore and forested parcels in the watersheds of selected high priority lakes that are considered come of the best in the region.

Researchers have established a direct correlation between increasing development and declining water quality. We only have to look at lakes in other parts of the country to see the impacts poor water quality can have. Attempts at lake restoration are extremely expensive and often ineffective. With this program, we have an opportunity to make wise investments today that will protect your lake and avoid the costly mistakes that other regions are facing.

We are eager to meet with interested landowners who want to learn more about conservation easements and how powerful land conservation can be in protecting water quality. Here is your opportunity to protect the place you love and receive compensation for doing it.

These are competitive programs and applications need to be reviewed, scored, and carefully considered by technical review teams.  The application deadline for the Clean Water Critical Habitat Program is May 12, 2017.  The application deadline for the Reinvest in Minnesota Program is May 31, 2017.  For more details and an application, visit the bottom of the Our Work page.

The Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation (LLAWF) is a regional 501(c)3 nonprofit committed to preserving and protecting the quality of the pristine lakes, rivers, and streams; healthy forests; and critical fish and wildlife habitats of the Leech Lake Watershed and surrounding counties in North Central Minnesota.

By helping landowners protect the “places they love” and promoting individual and community stewardship, a legacy of natural resources is conserved for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations.

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The Importance of Clean Healthy Water  Read what others think in recently published articles and opinion/education pieces........

  • Lake Associations, Local Governments Boost Spending Against Aquatic Invaders by John Reinan, Star Tribune, 12/3/16

  • Refuge for Tullibees by Chris O'Brien in Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, May June 2016

  • Water Quality: A Minnesota Maelstrom by Ron Way in Star Tribune, 11/26/16

Northern Water Aliance

The Foundation is pleased to host the Northern Water Alliance of MN as a new initiative. The Alliance is a recently forming network of organizations and individuals engaged in protecting our northern water resources. The Alliance seeks to educate, mobilize, empower, advocate, and take action around issues and threats to our water. Some issues: Invasive Species, Pipeline Routing, Drinking Water and contaminates. Watch for more information as this site expands. All are welcome as members! To learn more click on the NWA tab now. MORE...

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Forum - What is Clean Water Worth  Hosted by Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government, Northern Water Alliance of Minnesota, and Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation   Click for more information:

What is Clean Water Worth for Northern Minnesota Communities: March 23, 2017 in Brainerd