Minnesota's State Legislature formally established a Star Lakes and Rivers program in 2008 (Minnesota Statutes 2008 103B.701). This legislation also creates a Star Lake Board charged with promoting the program, developing more specific and detailed procedures and criteria for applicants, formally designating Star Lakes and Star Rivers, and implementing and overseeing on-going program operations.
The Star Lake Board was established to encourage and reward citizen-based lake and river associations that actively participate in protecting and enhancing surface waters of Minnesota. The enabling legislation reflects a belief that broad citizen participation provides a very cost effective means of protecting our water resources. The Star Lakes initiative is designed to foster broader citizen participation through financial incentives, educational efforts, and public-private partnerships.
STAR LAKE OR RIVER APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT ANY TIME. WHEN WE GET A BATCH OF APPLICATIONS THE RATING COMMITTEE WILL REVIEW THEM. THIS USUALLY WILL HAPPEN ABOUT THREE TIMES A YEAR:See the How To Apply page for information about how to get an application.