Chairperson’s 2011 Annual Meeting Letter
Dear Lake Volney Association members and friends,
Thank you for your generous contributions to and continued support for your Association and the restoration efforts of Lake Volney and its watershed. Your time and talents have been the foundation on which your Association has been built and on which we continue to make progress in restoring our lake. 2011 marks a significant year in the life of Lake Volney, as Phase I of the Total Maximum Daily Load study comes to a close and we move on to the action phase.
Lake Volney is on the Minnesota Impaired Waters list, which requires the lake be surveyed by the State of Minnesota to determine the total maximum daily load, or, how much contaminant is being fed into the lake on a daily basis. With these results, the state will develop a recommended clean up/restoration plan. Volney has been studied over the past two (2) summers and all data is being collected and compiled into a public report. The Association Board was provided a draft copy of the TMDL Executive Summary which defines the results of the two year surveys. The next step is for the State to release the final copy of the TMDL study, inclusive of recommendations for remediation, expected later this summer.
What are the next steps? The State, County and its agencies will be partnering to work on restoration efforts. As an Association, we will be offering necessary support and assisting the State agencies as appropriate. Although it is not a requirement for the State to assist in restoration, we are fortunate to have many qualified and concerned State and County personnel working on this effort. Joe Pallardy, University of MN – Mankato, and the person responsible for collecting the data, will join us at our Annual Meeting to present the results of the TMDL study. TMDL results will be posted to our website when the information is public later this summer.
Aside from the TMDL study, our homeowners, County and landowners surrounding the lake have engaged in many projects that have benefited restoration efforts. Over the past two summers, many Volney homeowners have restored their shorelines, installed native planting buffers near the shoreline and put rain gardens on their properties to collect and filter runoff before it enters the lake. Many thanks to those homeowners who have constructed buffer areas and helped to reduce nutrients entering our lake.
As an Association, we also continue the annual Earth Day shoreline clean up weekend. Despite rain, wind and cool temperatures this year, many of our members and friends braved the elements the first weekend of May to help get our shoreline cleaned up and ready for summer. Thank you to everyone who donated your time (and vehicles) to help the shoreline clean up! Your efforts help to reduce the amount of pollution and trash that could potentially enter our lake and keeps our beaches and water safer for recreation.
For those members and friends on our email distribution list, you may have noticed a slight change in how we send out information and notices. As our website is updated, an “Info Alert” will be sent to our email distribution list to advise of the update and link you to the website. We hope this makes it easier to find new and important information pertinent to Lake Volney such as legislative updates, Coalition of Lakes Associations and Minnesota Waters information. Remember to save our website on your ‘favorites’ list and check it frequently!
If you’ve been on our website recently, or received our spring update newsletter, you’ve seen information regarding the prevention of the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). AIS is a significant problem for Minnesota, and as concerned citizens and residents or friends of Lake Volney, it is each of our responsibilities to help prevent the introduction of these species into our lake. Volney currently has Curly Leaf Pondweed, but is not infested with two of the more common types of AIS – Eurasian Milfoil and Zebra Mussels – both are non-native to Minnesota and can cause significant harm to waters they inhabit; in many cases, they render lakes useless for recreation. Please visit our website for easy steps to reduce the potential of introducing AIS into Lake Volney.
To improve fishing and water quality, seining for carp will continue this year. Last summer, approximately 25,000 pounds of carp were removed from the lake. Waterville DNR Fisheries Department has also committed to a regular game fish stocking schedule, which will continue this year. Seining results and the fish stocking schedule can be found on the Volney website.
If you are interested in helping on a project to improve Lake Volney’s water quality or recreation potential, we have two exciting opportunities to offer:
o We are exploring the possibility of introducing a fish-rearing pond in or near Volney, where game fish (Northern Pike or Walleye fry or fingerlings) could be raised during the summer and released into Volney in the fall
o We are exploring the possibility of restoring native plants in Volney through in-lake plantings (lily pads, etc), which would recreate natural habitat and safe havens for fish
If you are interested in volunteering to assist with these or other projects, or to become a Board member, please contact a Board member or send an email to
. This email should also be used for suggestions or questions you have for your Board.
As a Board, we are committed to providing information on how to preserve and restore our lake for our families and for future generations. Thank you to each of you as Association members and friends of Volney who volunteer to help make this restoration effort a reality. Have a safe and enjoyable summer!