The White iron Chain of Lakes Association (WICOLA) is a group of homeowners and lake users who began monitoring waters of the White Iron Chain in 1993. Members treasured the beautiful lake region and wanted to insure that its waters remained clean and pure forever.
Working with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, WICOLA soon realized that an accurate study of the White Iron Chain depended on the state of water in the rivers and streams in the Kawishiwi Watershed feeding the lakes. WICOLA applied for and received grants from the MPCA in 2010 which allow expanded stewardship throughout the Kawishiwi Watershed. The result was the Kawishiwi Watershed Protection Project, a true partnership between government agencies, the MPCA and Lake County, and citizenry.
The Kawishiwi Watershed Protection Project (KWPP) is a three-year, $425000 project which has focused on the development of a comprehensive watershed management plan to maintain or improve water quality in the Kawishiwi Watershed. Combining "hands on" participation by WICOLA volunteers, partnerships with public and private organizations, advisory panels, etc., the gathered data will be released in July 2013.
The KWPP has been led by WICOLA from the beginning. Please click here to find out how you can help to insure a successful conclusion to the work effort.