Voyageur’s National Park (the Park) is the nation’s only water-based national park, with more than 84,000 acres of water and 134,000 acres of land. It is located in Kabetogama Township, Crane Lake Township, and Ash River Unorganized area.
The interconnected waterways of the Park provide an unparalleled opportunity to explore the north woods lake country. Unfortunately, those waters are being negatively affected by human impact such as wastewater from existing developments throughout the region.
This water quality degradation threatens the long-term health of the ecosystem and the economic health of the tourism industry upon which the local economy is based.
The Voyageur's National Park Clean Water Joint Powers Board was set up to carry out a preliminary planning project to help the project partners develop a comprehensive wastewater collection and treatment system (including centralized and decentralized treatment) for the housing, recreational, and resort developments in the Park’s Namakan Basin area.
The planning report is currently being prepared and will be presented at a series of public hearings in June 2010.