Mille Lacs Lake Watershed Management Group to present conference

The conference will offer four free online sessions from 7-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 24-27.

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Installation of native plants is part of a COMPASS program project on this Wahkon property. Submitted photo

The Mille Lacs Lake Watershed Management Group is presenting its “Healthy Land, Healthy Lake 2020” conference Aug. 24-29.

Virtual conference sessions will offer ways landowners around Mille Lacs Lake and neighboring communities can have a positive impact on the lake’s water quality. It will conclude with an in-person native plant sale in Malmo.

The conference will offer four free online sessions 7-8 p.m. Aug. 24-27. Each session will focus on a single topic and feature presenters from local communities along with state experts.

For a free link to the Zoom sessions, email a request to .

The four virtual conferences sessions are:


  • Monday, Aug. 24: Managing Aquatic Invasive Species: Learn about local efforts to control aquatic invasives and how to help.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 25: Reducing Salt Around the Lake: Although salt is building up in waters, there are ways to manage it.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 26: Adopting Lead-Free Tackle: Alternatives to lead tackle can save loons and other wildlife.

  • Thursday, Aug. 27: Water-Friendly Property Improvements: See how the Compass Program is helping a local property owner manage stormwater runoff.

Then 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 29, Minnesota Landscape Alternative’s plant truck will offer native plants for purchase at the Lakeside Town Hall pavilion in Malmo (just off Highway 18). Experts will be on hand to answer questions about gardening with native plants and the value they bring to home and lakeshore landscapes.
For more information or to sign up for a link to the virtual sessions, visit or email the organization at .

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Property owner Donna Schindele looks over installation of native plants that will help mitigate stormwater runoff. Submitted photo

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