CURRENT PROJECTS

 

IWLP supports education-focused programs (described in the Community section) as well as the research projects and programs targeted at maintaining water quality as shown here. 

AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES (AIS) CONTROL

In 2014, IWLP undertook a significant role in addressing the challenge of aquatic invasive species control.  IWLP’s early involvement in watercraft inspection and education expanded into coordination with the county to hire the first Itasca County Aquatic Invasive Species coordinator.  The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Itasca County Environmental Trust Fund awarded IWLP several grants that provided matching funds for several projects, described in more detail in the grants received section below.  See full report here

You can find links to the Itasca AIS Coordinator and to aquatic invasive species identification fact sheets on our Resources page.

 

COMPLETED PROJECTS

 

Purple loosestrifeControlling purple loosestrife was one of the early and successful projects run by IWLP. It is now being handled by Itasca Soil & Water Conservation District.

Click here to see a description of our completed projects. 

RESEARCH GRANTS RECEIVED

 

Amount

 

Year  Received

 

Purpose/Source

 

 

ACTIVE GRANTS

89,272

2015

To prevent the introduction and limit the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) as part of a $256,000 grant from the State of Minnesota to Itasca County

90,000

2014

To prevent the introduction and limit the spread of AIS as part of a $256,000 grant from the State of Minnesota to Itasca County

47,700

2011

For well testing kits, equipment and business plan for the Water Quality Lab on the Itasca Community College (ICC) campus from the Blandin Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

COMPLETED GRANTS

17,400

2014

To prevent the spread of AIS in Itasca County for 1) public awareness, 2) watercraft inspections by MN DNR staff, and 3) to develop a cooperative agreement with Itasca County to design and implement a county-wide AIS watercraft inspection program from Itasca County Environmental Trust Fund (ETF)

8,000

2014

50% reimbursement of dollars spent for AIS educational material from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) (total spent $4,617)

4,320

2014

Reimbursement from MN DNR for one half of cost for 540 hours of enhanced watercraft inspections

7,500

2013

For purple loosestrife control from U.S. Forest Service, Chippewa National Forest (USFS)

30,000

2012

Purple loosestrife control from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation

97,300

2011

To study the economic value of Itasca County water from the Blandin Foundation

160,000

2011

To identify sensitive lakeshore in Itasca County from LCCMR

20,000

2011

For purple loosestrife control from USFS Chippewa National Forest Resource Advisory Committee

249,986

2010

For diagnostic study on Deer and Pokegama Lakes (match required) from Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Clean Water Partnership (CWP)

121,816

2010

Surface water assessment grant (SWAG II) to monitor Itasca County Lakes from MPCA

7,500

2010

To help purchase well water testing equipment for ICC Water Quality Lab from Itasca County ETF

75,000

2008

Native Shoreland Buffer Incentive program (NSBI) grant from LCCMR and MN DNR

10,000

2008

NSBI grant from Itasca County ETF

79,000

2008

Encouraged establishment of a revolving fund for subsurface sewage treatment systems through Itasca County ETF

100,000

2008

To establish a certified water quality assessment lab at ICC from Itasca County ETF

327,350

2008

Surface water assessment grant (SWAG I) to monitor Itasca County lakes from MPCA

$1,542,144

 

Total to-date