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Board of Managers

Each Watershed District is governed by an appointed Board of Managers. Counties within the Jurisdiction of the Watershed District appoint the District Managers. The manager must be a voting resident of the Watershed District and not a public officer of the county, state or federal government; however, a soil and water conservation supervisor may be a manager. The appointing county board must provide public notice before making appointments. The term of office is three years. (Taken from the Minnesota Association of Watershed District handbook)

Because Comfort Lake - Forest Lake Watershed District is in both Chisago and Washington counties, the make up of the Board of Managers reflects the pecent of the watershed within each County. Because roughly 60 percent of the watershed is within Washington County, 3 of the 5 Managers are from Washington County and 2 of the 5 Managers come from Chisago County.

Board meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month except for November and December when the meeting date will change to the third Thursday of the month. Meetings will be held in the Council Chambers at the Forest Lake City Hall at 1408 Lake Street South, Forest Lake, MN 55025. COVID-19: Until further notice the District office will be closed to the public, and all public meetings will be convened by telephone or other electronic means.

2023 Meeting Schedule

CLFLWD Governance Manual & Bylaws


Stephen Schmaltz, President
Representative County: Washington | Expires: 9-23-2023
Telephone: 651-777-5277 | E-mail

Manager Steve Schmaltz has an educational background in engineering and business with 35 years of industrial work experience. He has been a resident of Forest Lake since 2002 and a manager on the Watershed board since 2013 when his concern over frequent algae blooms and other water quality issues on local lakes led him to take action. Steve is committed to the belief that clean water resources are a community right and responsibility that are best achieved through the actions of local partners working together. He uses his experience to promote the use of cost/benefit decision making when it comes to the protection and improvement of local water resources.

Christopher Loth, Vice President
Representative County: Washington | Expires: 9-23-2025
Telephone: 612-269-4625 | E-mail

Joining the Watershed Board in August 2021, Chris holds a B.A. in Chemistry from St John’s University (Collegeville, MN) and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of MN Institute of Technology. In 2017, after spending 12 years as a Technical Sales Engineer specializing in water treatment in the Commercial, Institutional, and Process Industries, he left water treatment to work at his family’s entertainment center, leading the sales and marketing efforts. Since 2019 he has volunteered on the Board of the Forest Lake Lake Association.

Jackie Anderson, Treasurer

Representative County: Chisago | Expires: 09-23-2023
Telephone: 612-819-6906 | E-mail

Douglas Toavs, Assistant Treasurer
Representative County: Chisago | Expires: 9-23-2023
Telephone: 651-395-5850 | E-mail

Manager Douglas Toavs has a professional background in agriculture, education, fundraising and technology. He has lived in the Chisago City area for 18 years on Moody Lake. Doug began volunteering with the Watershed District over a decade ago as a citizen scientist collecting water samples. He joined the Board in 2021 and has been utilizing his broad background of experiences to help guide the District in making the best financial decisions for both area taxpayers and local water resources.

Dave Bakke, Secretary

Representative County: Washington | Expires: 9-23-2024
Telephone: 612-308-7865 | E-mail

Manager Dave Bakke has worked in public education for over 40 years teaching students from kindergarten to college and facilitating teacher professional development. Dave completed undergraduate degrees from Bemidji State University, Macalester College, Hamline University and a Master of Education degree from the University of Minnesota. He serves on the board of the Bone Lake Association and was previously the president of the Lake Association. He joined the CLFLWD Board of Managers in September of 2021.