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!i  one Lake Region Vacation Guide Spring & Summer 1999 Page 5b I Minn. River Watershed District to Keep Big Stone Lake Clean Formed in 1967, the area's Minnesota River District has come a way in transforming Big Lake from a fast-forming into a clean lake perfect .summer recreation or year living. Watershed District takes from the government, but local unit of gov- "Local", however, is a of mind when traveling the district's 505 square of territory spanning parts Stone, Traverse, Lac qui and Swift coun- Their mission is also broad from weed control in to flood protection to water and wetlands manage- The Watershed District's Dianne whose responsi- are nearly as massive as district itself, is also the of the Big Stone River Flood Project and is the Project for the Big Stone Lake Project. Watershed District is the sponsor of the Big Stone restoration project that from a federal ntal Protection Agency Clean Lakes Grant into a project that keeps the lake in check by sponsoring stream bank stabilization, a no-tillage program for farmers, educational programs for landowners and managing the lake's water level. Also in 1994, the district began educating youngsters in the local schools on how to make responsible decisions. Radermacher says that by get- ting students at a young age, the district can get them on the right track to help keep area waters clean for good. So far, according to Radermacher, the Watershed District has channeled in feder- al, state and local funds through its office to help complete the first phase of the lake restoration project. Radermacher is responsible for lowering or elevating the lake's water level. The dam at the foot of the lake also prevents silt from the Whetstone River from making its way into Big Stone L. ake. " !i  one Lake Region Vacation Guide Spring & Summer 1999 Page 5b I Minn. River Watershed District to Keep Big Stone Lake Clean Formed in 1967, the area's Minnesota River District has come a way in transforming Big Lake from a fast-forming into a clean lake perfect .summer recreation or year living. Watershed District takes from the government, but local unit of gov- "Local", however, is a of mind when traveling the district's 505 square of territory spanning parts Stone, Traverse, Lac qui and Swift coun- Their mission is also broad from weed control in to flood protection to water and wetlands manage- The Watershed District's Dianne whose responsi- are nearly as massive as district itself, is also the of the Big Stone River Flood Project and is the Project for the Big Stone Lake Project. Watershed District is the sponsor of the Big Stone restoration project that from a federal ntal Protection Agency Clean Lakes Grant into a project that keeps the lake in check by sponsoring stream bank stabilization, a no-tillage program for farmers, educational programs for landowners and managing the lake's water level. Also in 1994, the district began educating youngsters in the local schools on how to make responsible decisions. Radermacher says that by get- ting students at a young age, the district can get them on the right track to help keep area waters clean for good. So far, according to Radermacher, the Watershed District has channeled in feder- al, state and local funds through its office to help complete the first phase of the lake restoration project. Radermacher is responsible for lowering or elevating the lake's water level. The dam at the foot of the lake also prevents silt from the Whetstone River from making its way into Big Stone L. ake. "