Welcome to Three Lakes Association!

Our Mission

The mission of the Three Lakes Association is to provide leadership to preserve, protect, and improve the environmental quality of the Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed for all generations with emphasis on Lake Bellaire, Clam Lake, Torch Lake and their tributaries.

Since 1966, the Three Lakes Association (TLA) has been actively engaged in a variety of ways which support our mission. From monitoring water quality to actively engaging with our local and state governments to providing grants for local science education in our schools, TLA has worked to insure that our lakes will remain the wonderful natural resource that we all love and enjoy.

This website contains a wide variety of information on our current and past projects. Please explore the many documents which are available under ‘Projects and Reports’. Our Newsletters are also available, going back to 2004, providing a rich history of our activity.

Recent News

We provide ongoing updates on our activities on this website, under ‘Latest News’ and also on Facebook. The most recent posts are shown below. You may also like to view a list of our recent Facebook posts, here on our website.


xeriscaping–a method of landscaping that uses plants that are well adapted to the local area and are drought-resistant. Xeriscaping is becoming more popular as a way of saving water at home. More on xeriscaping: http://www.the-landscape-design-site.com/xeriscaping.html Perlman, H. (n.d.). Water Science Glossary … Continue reading

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Perennial yield

perennial yield – maximum quantity of water that can be annually withdrawn from a groundwater basin over a long period of time (during which water supply conditions approximate average conditions) without developing an overdraft condition Glossary of Water Terminology. (2015, … Continue reading

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TLA SEOP Grant Applications Available for 2017-2018

The TLA SEOP Grant Applications are now being accepted for the 2017-2018 school year. Information on the application process can be found under: 2017-2018 SEOP Grants – Overview … Continue reading

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