Crow Wing County Lakes and Rivers Alliance

LARA will work to preserve and enhance the quality of Crow Wing County's lakes, rivers, wetlands and groundwater.


You are invited!

You are invited to attend a meeting about and provide feedback on the CWC 2017 AIS Prevention Plan from 9:30am to 11:30am in Meeting Room #2 in the lower level of the CWC Land Services Building (322 Laurel Street, Brainerd, MN) on Thursday, September 21, 2017.

The purpose of the meeting is to allow an opportunity for the County to articulate what was accomplished in 2017 as it relates to the County’s 2017 AIS prevention plan. And, importantly, offer lake associations the opportunity to share with one another and the County their success stories and lessons learned as we all try to continue to prevent AIS and its spread in Crow Wing County. The discussion will be facilitated by Jake Frie, and AIS Coordinator, Billie Jo Mainerich.

We hope that you will plan to attend this short but important meeting. We know the invitation is short-notice, but we thought it was important to have such a meeting before individuals leave who reside out-of-state during winter months.

Thank you for all you do to partner in preventing AIS spread and therefore keeping our lakes clean and healthy.


A short video reminder from our friends in Wisconsin



Spread the Word, Not the Species

It’s been said that there are two ways to share knowledge. You can push information out to people, or you can pull them in with a story. LARA decided to go the story route with a video about aquatic invasive species (AIS). LARA hired a videographer to film individual AIS stories at the Aquatic Invaders Summit held in St. Cloud over two days in October, 2016. Parts of stories were then spliced together with other footage to create a 3-minute long video that doesn’t portray AIS as the end of the world. It’s a problem, yes, but it’s a solvable problem if we all work together and change some of our behaviors. Please feel free to post the link to our video on your own website. Share it with your lake association members, your elected leaders, your family, your friends and neighbors. Let us know what you and they think of it. As one Minnesota county puts it: Spread the word, not the species.


Register for the 2017 Aquatic Invasive Species Research and Management Showcase!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Continuing Education and Conference Center
University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus
Hosted by Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center

Join us on campus for a selection of talks about the latest MAISRC research on starry stonewort, zebra mussels, spiny waterflea, invasive carp, harmful fish diseases, and much more. A list of breakout sessions and full presentation descriptions will be announced soon! Space is limited and pre-registration is required! If you wish to attend the lab tour, please be sure to choose that option when registering.


Citizen Action Network

Citizens Action Network (CAN) is your Lake Association’s tool for lake and river advocacy. You CAN check up on important bill status, write your legislators, send letters to the editors of media in your area, track the work of legislative committees, see how your legislator voted on a specific bill and more. With CAN, you CAN and will make a difference. No one else is going to protect your lakes for you. It is up to each of us. Sign up for MLR’s Citizen Action Network (CAN) emails.