What is the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District?
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The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District was first established in 1976 by resolution of the Chisago County Board of Commissioners. The District was reactivated by resolution of the County Board in 1984 and is a taxing district. The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District was established because of high water in area lakes. Shoreland homes were being flooded. The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District installed a system of channels and weirs designed to drain excess water during times of high water. The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District boundary was established as the best approximation of the watershed area at that time.

Over time, many lakes and streams within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed have become degraded. Degradation of our waters is harmful to fish habitat and negatively impacts recreational value by making swimming, boating and living near the lakes less desirable.

As a result, in 2009 the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District expanded its mission to protect and restore the surface water resources of the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed. Minnesota Statutes 103B.521 states the boundary of a lake improvement district shall be encouraged to be as consistent as practical with natural hydrologic boundaries.

The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District Board of Directors is composed of 5 members representing specific areas and 2 at large Directors. The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District Board provides policy recommendations to the Chisago County Board of Commissioners. The Board of Directors represent areas covering the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes watershed. Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District Board of Directors area representation

The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District actively promotes programs to:
• Encourage environmentally sound land use practices for urban and agricultural areas to protect water quality within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.
• Maintain the ditch and weir system in order to control water levels during high water events.
• Preserve, protect and enhance water quality within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.
• Promote environmental education, awareness and stewardship within the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed.
• Promote the reduction of non-native aquatic invasive species.
• Protect, encourage and restore native shoreline to improve fish and wildlife habitat.
• Restore, improve and maintain navigation channels between the lakes.
• Support safe and balanced recreational use of surface water.

The Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District is an effective organization put in place to protect and restore area lakes and streams. It is funded through an annual budgeting process.

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1. What is the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed?
2. What is the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District?
3. Why is the current Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District boundary different from the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed?
4. What is being proposed?
5. What are the benefits of the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District?
6. Why are lakes and streams in the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed important?
7. How does what we do in the watershed affect lakes and rivers?
8. What is the responsibility of the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District to the community?
9. What are the responsibilities of landowners?
10. What are the tax impacts?
11. Do lakeshore homeowners pay more taxes to the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District than non-lakeshore owners?
12. How would a parcel be affected if the watershed boundary line crosses through the parcel?
13. If approved, when would the boundary adjustment take place?