Mille Lacs Compass

Compass: Shoreland Steward Program

COMPASSĀ is an active community of people dedicated to protecting the overall health of Mille Lacs Lake. Compass membership is voluntary and participants get recognized for their conservation role and best management practices. These are landscaping techniques that promote lake health, manage runoff and stabilize erosion.

A Compass Specialist will work together with you to understand your concerns and goalsĀ of your property. Aligning your property goals with water quality goals will help to protect Mille Lacs Lake Watershed. As a community, we can achieve our water quality goals!

Become a Compass Member! It is EASY! Compass membership starts with an interest in the ways that you can improve your shoreland property and make it lake friendly. A Compass Specialist will come and walk your property with you. They will have a conversation about the good things you are already doing and they will help identify additional ways you can help protect the lake in a Shoreland Stewardship Plan.

Projects May Include:

  • Installing a rain barrel to CAPTURE rain water runoff.
  • Designing a rain garden to ABSORB runoff.
  • Planting a shoreline buffer that contains native plants to FILTER runoff and stabilize the shoreline.

Lake friendly landscape is low maintenance! It helps keep the water clean and can provide habitat for bees, butterflies and other wildlife.

You will receive a FREE Shoreland Stewardship Plan! Become a Bronze, Silver or Gold member of COMPASS by achieving the goals listed on your stewardship plan. Compass offers resources, information and assistance each step of the way. Compass can help you achieve your goals!


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If you are not able to find what you’re looking for or need more information about how we can help support your soil & water conservation projects, contact us!

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Mille Lacs SWCD is located in the lower level of the Mille Lacs Historic Courthouse at 635 2nd Street SE in Milaca.

Phone: 320-983-2160

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