December 2016 edition WAPOA Newsletter here
Take Care to Avoid Thin Ice
This happened on Pelican on January 23, 2017. No doubt every lake in our area has shallow ice that should be avoided.
Pelican lake on January 23, 2017
12-13-16 Lakeland TV –Latest oil pipeline news– WAPOA view Link
12-2-16 Lake associations, local governments boost spending against aquatic invaders —————————
“Lake associations, if taken collectively, are the hardest-working, most generous, most effective conservation group in the state,” said Jeff Forester, executive director of Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates. Article by JOHN REINAN, STAR TRIBUNE| Link
October 2016 MN DNR: Starry stonewort, a very aggressive, new invasive plant-like algae, now infects 9 Minnesota lakes …here
August 2016 A must see: Starry stonewort video– Lake Koronis
August 2016 University of MN AIS research director, Dr. Nick Phelps, was at a WAPOA Board Meeting, giving WAPOA Board members the latest information about U Minnesota aquatic invasive (AIS) research efforts. …here
October 2016 WAPOA Board members attend 2-day statewide invasive species conference to learn about newly emerging invasives and best methods for prevention. ….here
Dr. Dan Larkin, left, speaking about his starry stonewort research.
WATER QUALITY MAP added November 2016 …here
WAPOA volunteers take monthly water samples from all the lakes on this map.
November 2016 WAPOA Annual Planning Meeting …here
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Three RECENT EVENTS
7th Annual Harvest Dinner — August 2016, people from farms and lakes working together for better water.
Pipeline and Water Quality Seminar –July 26, 2016 Crosslake Comm. Ctr.
INVASIVE SPECIES UPDATE — October 1, 2016
10-1-2016 Good News!
NO NEW INVASIVE PLANTS IN WHITEFISH CHAIN
Surveys done in the 3rd week of July and again in the last week of September 2016 located no new invasive plant species on the Whitefish Chain. LINK HERE
WAPOA pays Professional Lake Management to do surveys on the Whitefish Chain looking for invasive plants at the locations most at risk for new plant invasions.
A reminder: Remove every plant fragment from boat, trailer and other equipment before launching. The same when you come out! Since mud on anchors and ropes can carry invasive snails, spiny water fleas, and starry stonewort clean the mud off also.
Boat Inspections – 2016 season
11-21-2016 WAPOA had a very active program of inspecting boats at accesses, in cooperation with partner organizations. We paid for boat inspections this last summer at six busy accesses on the Whitefish Chain. There were more than 12,000 boats inspected. Costs to WAPOA were in the area of $34,000. It would not be possible to achieve all this without the generous contributions of regular members and business members.
It is much less expensive to keep invasives out than to bear the much larger annual expense of treating the more aggressive invasive plants.
Zequanox — fatal to zebra mussels
This zebra mussel poison is increasingly being used on larger scale experiments. The inventor Dr. Dan Molloy has visited the Whitefish Chain and has very helpfully consulted with WAPOA……here
⇒ DNR to AIS violators: Once convicted you can no longer operate watercraft until.…..more
1-09-2016 WAPOA President Tom Watson calls for actions which would increase the number of boats inspected at accesses …..more
MAY 2016 MN Supreme Court decision stops oil pipeline approval process until an Environmental Impact Statement is completed. But this stop is only temporary! Once the Environmental Impact Statement has been completed, the approval process for the pipelines will very actively resume. A lower court ruled that a review was necessary because the pipeline “has the potential to cause significant environmental effects.” ….more
Big Trout Lake — Declining water quality threatens prize fish– Proposals for protection, restoration from experts–WAPOA had four summer meetings in 2015 open to the public….more
A Message from WAPOA President, Tom Watson
WAPOA has been working on water quality and conservation matters for 43 years and continues to do so. All private property owners in the Whitefish Lakes area need to take responsibility and get involved in these issues. Our elected officials at township, county, and state levels must understand that there could be economic and employment consequences to the area if invasive species make our lakes undesirable and unattractive destinations for travel, vacation and visits. We will continue to advocate that our local units of government step forward to help in the fight against invasive species. WAPOA has suggested ways they could help that would have minimal or no cost. Share your thoughts and views with your public officials and WAPOA Directors. Our commitment to water quality is only reinforced by the recent zebra mussel detections. We need to engage everyone and attract all private property owners to join WAPOA.
TOM WATSON, WAPOA President
BELOW HIGHLIGHTING SOME OF THE THINGS WE DO and WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND THE WHITEFISH AREA
Current Whitefish Chain Invasive Species Status
Zebra mussels were discovered in the Whitefish Chain in 2013
Dock Ladder on upper Whitefish Courtesy Jim Brandt—October 2015.
Now at the end of 2016 virtually every one on the Whitefish Chain has zebra mussels on parts of equipment that are in the water all summer.
Looking ahead to 2017, it is time to think about using foot protection when wading or swimming –especially for children since they are in the water so much.
Boats and motors are best removed from the water after each use. That takes care of the exterior surface of the boat and motor. However, the motor should be variously tipped up for removal at the access, then back to vertical after out of the water to drain retained water, then tipped up again for travel. That will help empty the motor’s internal cooling system of water which contains zebra mussel veligers.
Invasive species roadside checks by MN DNR
MN DNR officers conducting a roadside check near the Whitefish Chain of boats and water-related equipment. They were looking for aquatic invasive species….more
DNR boat inspection classes co-sponsored by WAPOA Keri Hull, MN DNR Regional Supervisor demonstrates checking a boat hull for the sandpaper feel of zebra mussels at a boat access inspection class for volunteers. WAPOA arranges with the DNR for some of these classes in our area….more
WAPOA Speaks at State House Legislative Committee We would like to think that this effort, as well as the similar testimony and work of many others, helped get the needed increase in funding which was obtained during this legislative session. WAPOA speaks frankly at State House Legislative Committtee meeting, taking invasive species fight to the state level, outlining challenges. Receives praise from legislators.
Image from LAKELAND NEWS
WAPOA WORKS IN MULTIPLE WAYS TO IMPROVE WATER QUALITY A note to our website visitors, notice that everything we do is somehow related to improving the water quality of our lakes.
- Testing water on 38 lakes lets us see trends in water quality.
- Publishing an annual water quality map that lets area residents and local officials know about the quality of the water in their lake. Knowledge may spur action.
- Sponsoring professional invasive plant inspections on nearly 40 area lakes for early detection of invasive plants. Early detection means more effective treatment.
- Sponsoring four seminar/workshops conducted by MN DNR and USGS research biologists in summer 2015 to bring latest information to lake residents about declining lake water quality and what to do about it
- Restoring lakeshore with native plants keeps phosphorus and sediment out of the water. Less algae, more fish
- Educating shoreline owners about stopping rainwater runoff with rain gardens and buffer strips of natural vegetation
- Promoting proper septic system management through education of shoreline owners including septic system workshops
- Working with upstream farmers as we look at all sources of water flowing into the lake; so the Harvest Dinner and support of the Pine River Watershed Alliance.
- Inspecting boats for invasive species in order to keep the natural balance of the lakes.
- Working for shoreline policies that permit only shoreline uses and activities that result in clean water.
- Maintaining focus on the two most important issues: water quality and invasive species
- Sponsoring a 2nd Annual (2015) WAPOA AIS end-of-season meeting, in collaboration with Crow Wing County Land Services, for a review of multi-county AIS efforts in an effort for constant tuning and improvement .
- Making seedling trees available at a greatly discounted rate to encourage reforestation which leads to better downstream water.
WAPOA measures water quality on 38 lakes This MN PCA photo shows the use of a Secchi disc which provides 1/3 of the TSI water quality score. WAPOA volunteers regularly use this disc to measure water clarity and they also take water samples which are sent for laboratory testing.
2017 Water Quality Map WAPOA measures water quality on 38 area lakes. See how your lake is doing. CLICK HERE THIS MAP DRAWN USING THE MOST RECENT WATER QUALITY DATA
LAKE SHORE RESTORATION
WAPOA ANNUAL SHORELINE RESTORATION CONTEST Natural plants in both the water and on the shore are needed to restore habitat for the living organisms on the shoreline and in the water. One indicator: more fish are found along a natural shoreline. And a restored shoreline results in better water quality.
WAPOA’s annual shoreline restoration contest provides free expert help in planning shoreline restoration. Prizes are awarded to help with the expense of the restoration. Also some winners receive installation help from a crew from the Minnesota Conservation Corps.
BIG TROUT LAKE ACCESS RESTORATION
AWARD FOR MAJOR RECONSTRUCTION OF BIG TROUT ACCESS The improper runoff of surface water into the lake was corrected with a reconstruction of the access. A joint project of the DNR, Crow Wing County Soil and Water Conservation District, US Army Corps of Engineers, and WAPOA. Details HERE This project awarded the prestigious Lake Friendly Award Click here
Restore your shoreline–DNR information
You can do it! CLICK HERE The benefit is better lake water. Imagine colorful flowers and plants beautifying your lakeshore.
Below, topics covered in the recent past
Noted zebra mussel researcher returns to Whitefish Chain CLICK HERE
Summer 2016 Run for the Walleye–raising money for better water CLICK HERE
Summer 2015 Series of public seminars with active working expert DNR biologists CLICK HERE
October 2015 DNR does experimental zebra mussel treatment on Ruth lake CLICK HERE
November 2015 Board planning meeting CLICK HERE
MN DNR zebra-mussel sniffing dogs, Video CLICK HERE
WAPOA Hosts Aquatic Invasive Species Seminar September 25, 2013, Video CLICK HERE
WAPOA searches 30 locations in 2014 for Eurasian water milfoil CLICK HERE
2013 map of zebra mussel veligers on Whitefish Chain ClICK HERE
Plant, animal, and habitat survey of Whitefish Chain CLICK HERE
2014 map of DNR walleye stocking on Whitefish Chain CLICK HERE
More details on zebra mussel discovery, future plans CLICK HERE
Mission Statement Stewardship of the natural world throughout the Whitefish Area and the Pine River Watershed is the mission of Whitefish Area Property Owners Association. The Association shall lead and work with citizens, groups, associations, and government units to conserve and improve the quality of our waters, shoreland, fishery, wildlife resources, and general welfare for the benefit of present and future generations.
Whitefish Area Property Owners Association named 2007 Minnesota Lake Association of the Year
Whitefish Area Property Owners Assn PO Box 342 Crosslake MN 56442-0342
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