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September 2014 Newsletter

The Waterville Lakes Association Membership Meeting

September 27, 2014

Bullhead’s Bar & Grill, Waterville @ 10 am

Clean your boat and live wells!

When removing boats, docks, and lifts, lake owners should perform careful inspections to ensure that there are no aquatic invasive species.

 

Fall Hog Roast and BBQ!!!!

Saturday September 20th at the Sportsman Club

Great food and fun! 

WLA BBQ 2BBQ 4

CRWP 2014 cleanup day

 

CRWP Clean up day

Thank you to everyone who came out and participated! Lots of debris from the flood and garbage items were removed from many areas around Lake Tetonka, Upper and Lower Sakatah, Cannon River and the White Water creek!!

2014 Weed treatment program summary 

This spring The Waterville Lakes Association treated The Curly Leaf Pond Weed in the common areas again. We treated 60 acres this year. We saw good control of the targeted Curly Leaf Pond Weed in those areas treated. Through the summer the beneficial native weeds, (Clasping Leaf, Coon Tail, etc.) grew well as they did not have to compete with the Curly Leaf Pond Weed. Also there was considerably less algae bloom and improved water clarity. I’m not sure what effect the flooding and high water had on the water clarity but it was better than usual this year.

New Zebra Mussels infestation

Zebra mussels have been found in Cass Lake, the first time the invasive species have been confirmed in the Bemidji area, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Friday. A citizen discovered the mussels earlier in the week on the southeast corner of Cedar Island, a popular beach and swimming area. The DNR followed up with its own research and found zebra mussels “in a variety of sizes,” the department said in statement. Because of the find, Cass Lake, one of Minnesota’s largest, will be designated as zebra mussel infested, as will the stretch of the Mississippi River between Cass Lake and Lake Winnibigoshish, the DNR said. Connecting rivers and lakes, including Buck, Andrusia, Wolf, Pike Bay, Pug Hole, Kitchi, Little Rice and Big Rice lakes, will also be designated as zebra mussel infested.

Waterville Lakes Association Watercraft Inspection Program

This summer the WLA once again sponsored a Watercraft Inspection program. Boats are inspected coming into and leaving lakes Sakatah and Tetonka.

With very few exceptions the boaters and fisherman are cooperative and want to do their part to help stop the spread of invasive species such as Eurasian Milfoil and zebra mussels.

The inspection process involves the watercraft inspector visually and tactilely searching for aquatic invasive species or anything else that could potentially spread aquatic invasive species such as water, mud, plants or other debris. Watercraft inspectors also complete a survey while educating boaters about the issues surrounding aquatic invasive species. Survey questions focus on boater knowledge and behavior with information given on the impacts of aquatic invasive species and what can be done to prevent their spread.

Inspectors are trained to observe and document when watercraft enter a public water access with any violations, including boats with attached vegetation as well as watercraft whose drain plugs have not been removed. Information gathered by DNR authorized inspectors can help show potential risk of transporting Aquatic Invasive Species. During the inspection process watercraft users are asked to voluntarily disclose the last water body visited, as well as the location of the next planned trip. This information can be used in the future to gauge potential risks if multiple boaters report zebra mussel infested water bodies as their last visited lake.

The Waterville Lakes Association sponsored Watercraft inspections from May 28th through the present. A watercraft inspector was hired in the Le Sueur County area and was assigned to work at Lake Sakatah and Tetonka. Working in coordination with the Waterville Lakes Association inspectors were scheduled during peak times as much as possible, staffing the public water accesses starting the Memorial Day holiday weekend and continuing throughout the summer.

Many watercrafts entering our lakes were last used in zebra mussel infested waters, the majority coming from the Mississippi river. The others came from Lake Mille Lacs, Lake Minnetonka, Lake Winnibigoshish and Prior Lake. These boats need to be inspected and power washed if necessary!

The WLA board of directors feel that this is single most important thing that we can do to protect our lakes for now and for the future. We need to inspect as many boats as possible to keep Zebra Mussels out of our lakes. This takes money we can only do as many inspections as we can afford. Please be generous with your contributions to this important program!

Have you paid your 2014 dues yet?

In order to support our main projects, Curly Leaf Pond Weed spraying and Watercraft     inspection, we have to have income. We get some help from DNR grants but this year they are giving less money to more people so the amount we have to raise on our own has gone up.

Would you consider donating $25-$100 or more to the weed/watercraft inspection fund. If we had more funds we could treat more acres. It definitely helps cut down on the smelly, unsightly algae blooms that plague our lakes. The watercraft inspection helps us avoid invasive species such as Eurasian Milfoil, Spiny Water flea and Zebra Mussels.  These are both very important projects and deserve your support. We all have a common goal to protect and preserve our lakes.

Please send your dues and donations to:

Waterville Lakes Association

PO Box 246

Waterville, Mn. 55096

The amounts for dues are:     Associate Members       $20

Lakeshore Owners   $30         Business Sponsors          $50

Questions or Comments please contact: Mary at mmmilton@frontiernet.net

2014-2015 WLA Membership Dues

Name__________________________________       Address__________________________________________

Email__________________________________________         Dues: $30         $50           $20

Watercraft inspection/Weed fund donation $ ________________               Thank you!

 

 Lake Improvement District – A Note from the WLA President

 Update on the progress in achieving the Waterville Lakes Association in their effort to get a lake improvement district to cover Lake Sakatah, Lake Tetonka and the Cannon River.

We are now at the stage where I&S Engineering Group will be sending out a letter by September 27, 2014 explaining the petition process, and a petition will be included with each letter. The land owner will then be informed about the petition and where to mail it, after it is filled out.When the petitions are mailed back they will be checked off the mailing list. We will then know if and when we need to do a door-to-door campaign to garner enough petitions to file for the LID. Bruce Sellers, the attorney working on our campaign, will then file with Le Sueur County and Rice County for approval.

Once approved, a Board of Directors will be set up, comprised of land owners who are permanent residents on the water, seasonal residents, commercial land owners and agricultural owners.

We need more than 51% of the land owners to sign the petitions, so this will take some time and effort. Hopefully we will be able to file with the counties before next spring.

Please start watching your mail and talk to your friends and neighbors about the petition. We need to convince people to sign and mail the petition back in or give the petition to the Lakes Association.

Thank You,

Roy McIntyre

President

 

 

May 2014

Make a difference.

#1           Fertilize Smart       Make sure your fertilizer is phosphorus free

#2         Grass – Don’t blow it off        Don’t blow or rake grass clippings in the street.

#3         Use your runoff       Direct your downspouts to your lawn or a rain barrel.

#4         Use Chemicals Wisely         Use chemicals according to labels; also consider using  alternative or natural remedies to control weeds and pests.

#5         Plant a rain garden       Capture, clean and infiltrate rainwater that would otherwise run off your property.

#6         Replace turf with native plants      Swap some of you high-maintenance lawn for low-maintenance native ground cover.

#7         Reduce your footprint          Replace some pavement- such as a walk, patio or driveway with pavers or pervious pavement.

#8         Adopt a storm drain       Keep neighborhood storm drains free of leaves, seeds and grass clippings.

 Minnesota is known for its abundance of water resources. However, the quality of Minnesota’s lakes, streams and wetlands is threatened by increasing development and pollution. When it rains the storm water that runs off driveways, lawns, houses and parking lots can carry pollutants like oil, paint and chemicals down storm sewers and into nearby lakes, streams and rivers. In new developments, filtering or treating storm water runoff with projects like storm water ponds is required. We cannot simply build our way out of poor water quality, though. We must also take steps to reduce water pollution.

By taking the following easy, no-cost or low-cost steps, you can have a big impact on reducing runoff and protecting our water resources and wildlife habitat.

Waterville Lakes Association Watercraft Inspection Program

 Last summer the WLA once again sponsored a Watercraft Inspection program. Boats are inspected coming into and leaving lakes Sakatah and Tetonka. With very few exceptions the boaters and fisherman are cooperative and want to do their part to help stop the spread of invasive species such as Eurasian Milfoil and zebra mussels.

The inspection process involves the watercraft inspector visually and tactilely searching for aquatic invasive species or anything else that could potentially spread aquatic invasive species such as water, mud, plants or other debris. Watercraft inspectors also complete a survey while educating boaters about the issues surrounding aquatic invasive species. Survey questions focus on boater knowledge and behavior with information given on the impacts of aquatic invasive species and what can be done to prevent their spread.Inspectors are trained to observe and document when watercraft enter a public water access with any violations, including boats with attached vegetation as well as watercraft whose drain plugs have not been removed. Information gathered by DNR and LGU authorized inspectors can help show potential risk of transporting Aquatic Invasive Species. During the inspection process watercraft users are asked to voluntarily disclose the last water body visited, as well as the location of the next planned trip. This information can be used in the future to gauge potential risks if multiple boaters report zebra mussel infested water bodies as their last visited lake.

The Waterville Lakes Association sponsored Watercraft inspections from May 15th through November 15th of 2013. Two watercraft inspectors were hired in the Le Sueur County area and were assigned to work at Lake Sakatah and Tetonka. Working in coordination with the Waterville Lakes Association, inspectors were scheduled during peak times as much as possible, staffing the public water access during the Memorial Day holiday weekend and the 4th of July.

Many watercraft entering our lakes were last used in zebra mussel infested waters, the majority coming from the Mississippi river. The others came from Lake Mille Lacs, Lake Minnetonka, Prior Lake and Lake Winnibigoshish. These boats need to be inspected and power washed if necessary!

The WLA Board of Directors feels that this is the single most important thing that we can do to protect our lakes now and for the future. We need to inspect as many boats as possible to keep Zebra Mussels and other evasive species out of our lakes!! This comes at a cost – we can only do as many inspections as we can afford. Please be generous with your contributions to this important program!

Its Dues time again.

If you are not a WLA member – we invite you to join us!! To those of you who have supported the WLA in the past and the diligent efforts of the WLA Board to secure grants, we have been able to accomplish many projects such as Rain Gardens, Watercraft Inspections, Curly Leaf Pond Weed spraying and 2 Storm Sirens.

Your support is vital for us to continue to protect and preserve our lakes!

The amounts for dues for the 2014-2015 year are:

Lakeshore Owners   $30              Business Sponsors  $50           Associate Members  $20

Please send your dues and donations to:            

Waterville Lakes Association

PO Box 246

Waterville, MN. 55096

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

You still have a chance to volunteer for Bingo. This is fun and easy and is a big help to our cause. You can contact Dee Moore at 507-362- 8509 or her cell at 952-200-9292 to volunteer.

Please consider donating $75-$100 or more to the watercraft inspection/weed fund. If we had more funds we could fund more inspection hours/treat more acres. It definitely helps cut down on the smelly, unsightly algae blooms that plague our lakes. The watercraft inspection helps us avoid invasive species such as Eurasian Milfoil, Spiny Water flea and Zebra Mussels.

Questions or Comments please contact: Mary at mmmilton@frontiernet.net

2014-2015 WLA Membership DuesName__________________________________   Address__________________________________________Email__________________________________________         Dues: $30         $50           $20

Watercraft inspection/Weed fund donation $ ________________               Thank you!