WAPOA announces new board members

The Whitefish Property Owners Association had its annual meeting via Zoom on Saturday, Aug. 22. New board members were introduced and approved by the membership.

Those board members are Jo Peterson, Publicity and Communications; Marv Erdman, Water Quality; and Shannon Watters, Business Relations.

Pam Vaughan will become the new vice president.

“With this board, we continue to invest in water quality and bring a group of talented individuals to assist in this mission," WAPOA president Tony Coffey said.

This year, WAPOA is celebrating 50 years of fulfilling its mission of stewardship for the waters, shoreland, fishery and wildlife resources. In that 50 years, the volunteers have monitored water quality and now are an integral part of providing resources and education on aquatic invasive species (AIS). Membership has grown with now over 1,000 individual members and 53 business memberships.


Grandpa’s Run for the Walleye, another event sponsored by WAPOA has had in the past over 700 runners and last year, raised $7,500 with funds going to aquatic habitat. This year the event was a virtual event with 150 runners raising over $3,000 with funds going to our local food shelves.

The organization continues to provide education and resources for shoreland restoration. A virtual presentation was provided by Shelley Larson of Hayland Woods. Pictures of ‘soft armor’ were provided so that attendees could see the benefits of this type of shoreland preservation where ice heaves and ice push will erode a property owners shoreline.

For more information about WAPOA, visit

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