White Iron Chain of Lakes Association (WICOLA)

A nonprofit organization

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.

WICOLA volunteers, along with our many organizational and agency partners, continue to do water quality monitoring and Aquatic Invasive Species monitoring and prevention. Additionally, WICOLA educates its members and visitors about the threats to our pristine waters and the actions that individuals can take to ensure that our waters and streams remain in optimal condition for living and recreation in the special place in Northern Minnesota.

For more information about WICOLA and our many resources, visit our website www.wicola.org



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White Iron Chain of Lakes Association (WICOLA)

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PO BOX 493
ELY, MN 55731