The District staff considers water education one of their main objectives. We continually try to update our education materials and seek out new events that we can use to reach out to the public. Some of our work in 2017 included the following:
* Contractor Seminar - We began the year hosting a Seminar for area contractors with the assistance of the City of Detroit Lakes and Becker County. The purpose of the seminar was to be sure contractors knew what type of work required a permit and what agency they needed to apply to based on where they were working.
*Builders Association-Alcott presented to area builders on various watershed functions.
*Explore Lake Life Expo- This was held in Fargo in late January. We wanted to reach out to residents in North Dakota who own property in the District to make them aware of District rules on shoreline property.
*AIS Seminar in Montana-Guetter presented on the successful Flowering Rush research project and treatments conducted on our area lakes in the last several years.
*Water Festival -Moses used the District's watershed model to present to area fourth graders on how a watershed functions and what we can do to help keep our waters clean.
*Ike Fischer Tour-The District assists with nature tours for area fifth graders each year.
*Civic Groups and Lake Associations- Alcott presented to Breakfast Rotary, Long Lake Association, Lake Detroiters Association, and Floyd Lake Association on area water quality.
*Becker County Fair-The District sets up a booth each year in the MN DNR building. We try to reach young and old alike to make them aware of current projects and objects.
Tamarac Fall Festival-Moses presented at this family event set in the nature preserve with the watershed model.
Water Watch for 9th Grade Students-Alcott & Guetter were involved with a classroom activity involving the decision process of government development. Alcott also worked with students in the Pelican River sampling water.