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Welcome to the Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District

COVID-19 Update, Office Closure and Remote Meeting Attendance - details in news section below

The Comfort Lake - Forest Lake Watershed District (CLFLWD) encompasses roughly 49 square miles in northern Washington County and southern Chisago County, including the Cities of Chisago City, Forest Lake, Scandia, and Wyoming. The watershed outlets to the northwest to the Sunrise River, which flows northeast through Chisago County before discharging to the St. Croix River.


District News

CLFLWD Wins 2021 Program of the Year Award!

The Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District Citizen Assisted Tributary Monitoring Program is the winner of the MN Association of Watershed Districts 2021 Program of the Year Award. CLFLWD was also a finalist/nominee in other award categories.

Program of the Year Award Winner: Citizen Assisted Tributary Monitoring | 2020 CAT Monitoring Report 

Project of the Year Award Finalist: Shields Lake Stormwater Reuse & Alum Treatment

Outstanding Administrator Award Nominee: Mike Kinney

Movie Award Nominee: Shields Lake Stormwater Reuse & Alum Treatment

11/30/21-12/1/21 Phone Service Disruption

On Tuesday, November 30th the Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District transitioned to a new phone service provider. This transition is largely complete but may result in occasional disruptions. If you would like to reach a specific staff member please consult our contacts page and dial them directly or send an email.  Thank you for your patience as we complete this transition.

CLFLWD Slated to Win Project Grants Totaling $625,500

The Board of Water and Soil Resources posted FY2022 Clean Water Fund grant award recommendations, and Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District is recommended to receive two grants totaling $625,500. One grant, which was ranked the highest proposal out of 53 scored proposals, is for the Washington Judicial Ditch 6 Wetland Restoration Project. This project, recommended to receive $386,000 in grant funds, will restore 1.5 acres of wetland resulting in a phosphorus load reduction of approximately 38 pounds per year. The second grant, ranked #16 of proposals received, is for Moody Lake Capstone Projects. These projects will address remaining phosphorus loading hotspots around Moody Lake for an estimated 45 lb/yr phosphorus reduction.

Funding Recommendation Table | Metro Funding Recommendation Map

Now accepting applications for Citizen Advisory Committee

If you are interested in becoming involved in protecting and improving our water resources, joining the Watershed District’s Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) is a great place to start! The CAC meets monthly throughout the year with the purpose of providing public input to the Watershed District regarding policy and projects, provide a channel of communication to the Board of Managers, aid in fostering a positive public image, and to educate the public about the Watershed District’s goals and accomplishments. Application materials can be found at Questions about the CAC or the application process can be sent to Aidan Read at

COVID-19 Update, Office Closure and Remote Meeting Attendance

The Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District (CLFLWD) is committed to our communities, stakeholders, and staff. We are monitoring the rapidly changing situation surrounding COVID-19 and are following the guidance of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health. CLFLWD has prepared temporary policies that will be implemented immediately.

CLFLWD offices are officially closed until further notice. All CLFLWD employees will be working remotely during this time and will remain available by phone and email. Individuals are asked not to come to the CLFLWD offices but instead contact our main number at 651-395-5850 for information and the staff directory. Additional information on the office closure is available here.

For permitting inquiries please contact, call 651-395-5859, or visit our webpage

Until further notice, all public meetings will be convened by telephone or other electronic means. 

For remote meeting attendance instructions, visit

Click here to review the CLFLWD COVID-19 Preparedness Plan