Rain Gardens-Keep Bad Medicine Clean & Clear

Another Way to Keep Bad Medicine Clear and Clean

And Some Help to Do It!

By Linda Anderson

The Becker County Soil and Water Conservation District (BCSWCD) is one of our key allies in keeping our lakes clean and clear. We all try to do this to keep Bad Medicine pristine-we don’t fertilize near the lake, some of us have allowed our shorelines to go back to natural, so the yard run off doesn’t reach the lake, and the BCSWCD can help us do more! They have the expertise to help us create shoreline buffers and rain gardens. Shoreline buffers consist of natural plants which can absorb run off and rain gardens are planted with indigenous plants and some underground tiling to collect the water that runs off our driveways or roofs. AND-BCSWCD might be able to provide matching funds to help defray the costs! Bad Medicine is considered a “pristine” lake and is at the top of the priority list for being selected for matching funds for rain gardens or shoreline buffers. If you are interested, contact Shoreline Specialist Claire Olson at 218-846-7360 or at their office in Detroit Lakes at 809 8thStreet S.E.




  • 8:30 AM               Coffee and rolls

  • 9:00-11:00 AM    Meeting

  • 11:00 AM             Light lunch


It's my privilege as president of the BMLAA to welcome you to our web site. You will find it a useful tool in our program to educate, inform, and connect you with the Bad Medicine Lake Area. You will find the following: newsletters, history, minutes, annual meeting information, maps, board of directors, fishing reports, water quality information,and current things you will want to read. Use the site and open your eyes to the benefits of belonging to our organization; its purpose is to make our efforts open and public. Jim Eisele is our web master, design consultant, and contact for any updates.

Please consider being a member of the lake association: your membership supports the AIS program, the newsletter, web site, water quality studies, and all educational programs. Connect with your association, support our community, and become involved in the effort to sustain our beautiful lake. 


Jim Eisele