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WAPOA to host open house to learn about shoreland management projects

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The public is invited to learn how to help the lakes through shoreline improvement projects at the Whitefish Area Property Owners Association’s (WAPOA) Shoreline Restoration Social Night from 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, at Moonlite Bay Restaurant in Crosslake.

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The event will be an open house format and is open to anyone interested, regardless of whether they are WAPOA members.

The opportunity to take a further step and apply for funding for a project is possible through WAPOA’s sixth annual Shoreland Contest. WAPOA will distribute up to $7,000 to contest winners.

Even if you are not ready to start a project and are simply curious about rain gardens and solving runoff or erosion problems, this is a casual chance to see hands-on materials, see photos of finished projects, ask questions and visit with others.

Those interested in pursuing a project on their own property will then meet from 5-7:30 p.m. June 18 at the Ideal Town Hall to look closely at their challenges and figure out actual goals for their shoreland with people “in the know.”

The 2014 Shoreland Restoration Contest is open to the public, whether or not they are a WAPOA member, as long as they own property on either the Whitefish Chain or one of the outreach lakes where WAPOA does water quality testing.

These include Ox, North and South Roosevelt, Smokey Hollow, Lawrence, Leavitt, Mitchell, Eagle, Kego, West and East Fox, Butterfield, Ruth, Mary, Emily, Goodrich, O’Brien, Velvet, Kimball, Ossawinnamakee, Star, Clear and Upper Hay lakes.

Those with questions are encouraged to call Jim Brandt at 218-543-6483.

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