Your Lake, Our Lakes
THE FACTS, MA¹AM
from the Crow Wing County Lakes and Rivers Alliance (LARA) newsletter
ole Joe Friday. A guy interested only in the facts, not hearsay
third party reports. As lakeshore residents, we too should look
hard at information we receive from various sources and ask ourselves,
are the facts?"
have been plenty of non-factual reports flying about the Internet and on
the opinion pages of local newspapers regarding a local, stakeholder-driven
initiative to update Minnesota¹s shoreland development standards.
These sources have been frequently misinformed and often just plain
wrong. Take, for example, the wild claims that the DNR is
own agenda and ramming it through a charade committee to create the appearance
of legitimacy. Or that the DNR will be taking away docks andforcing
people to plant "weeds". And that meetings are being held
of the public view. So, what are the facts?
The DNR is being guided by a diverse group of stakeholders representing
lake associations, environmental and community growth interests,
developers, resort owners, township government representatives, elected
county officials and their planning staff, an attorney, and a
professional. This group came together out of a shared vision
can do a better job of protecting our common lake heritage for future
generations. LARA is proud to be an active member of this
and a partner in ensuring that the health of our lakes is protected
into the future. Far from being a rubber stamp on some state-crafted
agenda, this advisory group has introduced and debated complex issues
with an open mind and an eye toward protecting their common interest --
healthy lakes for all Minnesotans.
The advisory committee has explored many difficult and sometimes controversial
issues and, over the past eight months, ideas have rolled in and
out of the draft proposals. There is much give-and-take when negotiating
the recommended standards but always, always, decisions are based
upon sound scientific information, not the arbitrary opinions of strong-minded
individuals. The proposed standards are nearly complete and the
final recommendations to the DNR are expected to be ready by the end of
Advisory committee meetings have been held monthly and are open to the
public. The meeting schedule and work of the committee has been
to be available on the DNR website --
Scientific information sources used in determining appropriate
standards are available on the website, as well. Numerous articles
have appeared in local papers introducing issues that the advisory committee
has been discussing along with contact information of DNR officials
involved in the process.
them¹s the facts. You can find these and more at the DNR
cannot claim to be an informed critic of this group¹s work if one
to review the publicly available resources and sort out for oneself the
fact from the fiction. There are special interests out there that
you¹ll make a false arrest, so take a little guidance from Joe
seek "just the facts."
We have included a number (11) of articles about the Update
Project that are listed in the table below.
The articles were written by Paul Radomski and Russ Schultz of the DNR.
They are in PDF format and require you to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader
installed on your computer.
Lake, Our Lakes:
need more Shoreland Standards
Shorelines are no longer ecologically smart
Deserve Conservation Designs for PUD's
does the Rainwater go?
are important to Minnesota
Science of Septic Systems
density can be a problem
must not alter the local character of a place
a good shoreline steward
sensitive shorelines allows for greater protection
of ducks with development
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