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Mille Lacs Lake Watershed Compass Movement Launches
Compass- It’s something you are going to be hearing a lot about around the Lake. Compass is a shore land stewardship program developed by the Mille Lacs Lake Watershed Management Group (MLLWMG). Compass will help point people in the right direction to actively protect the health of the Mille Lacs Lake Watershed. 

Bronze – Silver – Gold How Does It Work?
Lakeshore property owners will be recognized by their friends and neighbors for the good things they are doing to help keep Mille Lacs Lake healthy. Depending on how much they are doing, they will be recognized for a Bronze, Silver or Gold level of achievement. They will receive a lawn sign so their neighborhood knows they are a good steward of the lake and they will be recognized on our Facebook page and Website and maybe get their picture in the paper! They will also receive a free Shoreland Stewardship Plan that will help them reach even higher levels of stewardship! Compass members will be invited to special events and workshops and eventually may be trained to conduct Compass Lake Health Surveys themselves! They might even be eligible for financial assistance to complete projects from their free Shoreland Stewardship Plan.


How Do I Start?
Ask one of our Compass Specialists to survey your lakeshore property for Best Management Practices (BMP) that Filter, Absorb and Capture storm water runoff before it reaches the lake. You will also be surveyed for BMPs that protect the lake from Aquatic Invasive Species like Zebra Mussels. 

1.A Compass Specialist will survey your lakeshore property with you. This a chance for you to ask questions and start conversations with a trained technician about how your property can actively protect the lake.

2.A Compass Lake Health Survey will be completed by you and the Compass Specialist.

                                                                                        3.A stewardship level will be confirmed based on your Compass Survey score (Bronze, Silver or 
                                                                                            Gold). To score Bronze you just need to score a point in all four Survey categories. 

                                                                                        4.If you want to do even more to protect the lake, Compass will help you get it done.

                                                                                        5.Compass will work with you to create a Shoreland Stewardship Plan based on your goals for                                                                                             your property.

                                                                                        6.Use your Lake Stewardship Plan as a guide to reach the next level (Bronze to Silver, Silver to 
                                                                                            Gold). Receive further recognition and become more involved in community efforts to protect                                                                                             the lake. 

                                                                                        7.Talk to your neighbor about the Compass sign in your yard and start a conversation about                                                                                             how they can work with you to protect the health of the Lake Mille Lacs Watershed.


                                                                                        The Compass program was developed by the Mille Lacs Lake Watershed Management Group. 
                                                                                        For more information or to schedule a Compass Survey for your lakeshore property, call                                                                                         218-927-6565 or 320-983-2160.  


Information provided by Lynn Gallice, Mille Lacs SWCD Conservation Technician