Healthy Waters Initiative

The University of Minnesota's Saint Anthony Falls Lab is researching the potential impacts of boat-generated waves and propeller wash on Minnesota’s lakes.

Waves and propeller wash produced by recreational boats have the potential to damage delicate lake ecosystems (e.g., shoreline erosion, decreased water quality, loss of aquatic vegetation, etc.).  A better understanding of when, where, and how boat waves and wash impact lakes can help communities make informed decisions that balance recreation with keeping our lakes healthy for future generations.

Our goal is to provide Minnesotans with a robustly researched picture of the environmental impacts of various boat types and activities so that everyone has the information they need to enjoy and protect their favorite lakes.

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Thank you to the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) as recommended by the Legislative Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) for supporting the Healthy Waters Initiative. 

Thank you to the generous individuals and organizations who donated to make Research Phases I and II possible.