OLID Board Meeting
4th Tuesday – February 27, 5:30 p.m.
Uppertown Conference Room
Elk River City Hall, 13065 Orono Pkwy

Agendas and meeting materials are posted as soon as they are available.

2023 OLID Annual Meeting materials and Annual Reports link.

Mission

The mission of the Orono Lake Improvement District (OLID) is to protect, preserve and enhance Lake Orono. The OLID partners with the City of Elk River, the Sherburne County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and regional or state entities to implement a comprehensive program to alleviate current ecological stressors and recreational impairment on Lake Orono, brought about by aquatic invasive species, native plant overgrowth, algae proliferation, excess nutrients and sedimentation.  Additional goals are to improve water quality, fisheries and habitat.

Benefits

Property owners and all Elk River residents who use Lake Orono will enjoy a cleaner, clearer and safer-to-navigate lake that provides better recreational opportunities and improved wildlife habitat.

A managed lake will maintain and improve property values as well as add to residents’ enjoyment. The OLID is also an added way to be eligible for public grants.

The OLID gives property owners within the OLID the opportunity to participate directly in management and funding decisions regarding the lake.

Board of Directors

Chris Rock, Chair
Term ends 2025

Ed Bury, Vice Chair
Term ends 2025

Mike Olson

Mike Olson, Treasurer
Term ends 2026

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Tom Binsfeld, Secretary
Term ends 2024

Patrick Plant

Patrick Plant,
Parliamentarian
Term ends 2024

Treatment of Curly-leaf Pondweed in public waters spring 2023

Click here for more information

2023 DNR-approved treatment map

Fish stocking in progress
Please catch and release

For more information, click here.

Fish stocking sign on cemetery point

Beach testing results

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How the OLID was formed

Link to page on City of Elk River’s website

Purpose

  • The OLID helps in achieving an equitable and stable ongoing funding means to manage water quality, sedimentation, existing aquatic invasive species (AIS), nuisance weeds, algae, and to be positioned to cope with future AIS threats.
  • The OLID can provide funds that complement city, county, state, and Lake Association investments that alone are not sufficient.
  • The OLID can fund the expansion of curly-leaf pondweed remediation to all infested public and private areas lake-wide.
  • The OLID can improve water clarity and quality by pinpointing harm sources and implementing a reduction plan.
  • The OLID can help manage fisheries and habitat and maintain and improve their quality.
  • Establishing the OLID helps to facilitate the City of Elk River approved Lake Orono Restoration and Enhancement (LORE) Project and planning to address future dredging needs.
  • In partnering with other entities the OLID can help facilitate an ongoing comprehensive lake management plan to monitor and improve water quality and address other lake related concerns as needed.