On October 28, the 2010 Lake-Friendly Development Awards were handed out to seven deserving projects including the Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation and Cass County ESD as well as your lake association!
Lake Stewardship Award:
Wabedo, Little Boy, Cooper, Rice Lakes Association in Cass County, for promoting a conservation easement program on Wabedo Lake that led three landowners to permanently protect 3,500 feet of sensitive shoreline.
Lake-Friendly Protection Strategy Award:
Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation and Cass County Environmental Services, for using $300,000 from an LCCMR grant to pay up-front costs on donated easements in shorelands that were designated as “sensitive.” It is hoped that through this program, 3-5 miles of sensitive shoreline in Cass County will be permanently protected.
(Paula West, Exec Dir of LLAWF and Ron Stokesbary, Pres, WLBCR Lakes Assoc at the awards ceremony)