Legacy funds will be used to enhance water quality in Cass County
The Cass Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) received $110,000 of the Clean Water Legacy Fund to protect and enhance water quality of deep cold water lakes.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) are partnering with Cass SWCD to provide funding to private landowners to actively manage their forestland and maintain forested land cover within cold water tullibee lake watersheds.
A watershed is the land area that drains into a specific lake.
“DNR and researchers at the University of Minnesota collaborated on a study that identified tullibee lakes as high value resources to protect,” said Mike Duval of Brainerd, DNR Fisheries lakes management coordinator. “Tullibee are the favorite food source for walleyes, muskies and northern pike. Tullibee require clean and cold water to survive. This project connects private forest land management with water quality protection to help ensure long-term quality sport fishing.”
Kelly Condiff, Cass SWCD environmental resource professional, said, “This is a great deal for landowners. Landowners who own forested parcels of 20 acres and larger within a tullibee lake watershed are eligible for grant funds for forest stewardship plans. There are 14 watersheds in Cass County included in this project, and include lakes like Long, Ten Mile, May, Howard, Girl, Mann, Washburn and Whitefish.