VLAWMO's mission is to protect and enhance the water resources within the watershed. Activities we work on include water quality monitoring, education and outreach projects, wetland protection, and water quality enhancement projects.
VLAWMO covers approximately 25 square miles in the northeast metropolitan area. The watershed encompasses the City of North Oaks and portions of the Cities of White Bear Lake, Gem Lake, Vadnais Heights, Lino Lakes, and White Bear Township.
The watershed approach to protecting our vital water resources has become the primary approach across the country. Since water flows across political boundaries, partnerships among local governments, regional, state and federal agencies are vital. Because Vadnais Lake is used as the drinking water reservoir for the City of St. Paul, VLAWMO often partners with the St. Paul Regional Water Service (SPRWS) on many water quality monitoring and improvement projects.
VLAWMO is governed by a Board of Directors and has a Technical Commission and Watershed Action Volunteer network.