Water Quality and Improvement Projects


Lake Improvement Report  by Al Johnson

Wow, the summer went by so fast.  It has been a good year for lake quality and it appears a lot of people have been enjoying the lake.  By the time you receive this newsletter, we will have concluded our last lake vegetation survey of the year.  Hopefully, we will continue to see a lot of desired vegetation.

The Pokegama Township Planning Commission Meeting was held on August 21 to hear public comments on the Woods Addition Development.  The development would include fifteen buildable lots and one out lot for runoff.  More than fifteen PLA members were there to provide comments.  After hearing public comments and information from the developer, the Planning Commission decided to recommend to the Township Board that the development be allowed to go forward with some recommended restrictions.  More specifically, it is being recommended that the developer be required to covenant to protect property values by not allowing trailer houses.  Another recommendation is to ensure safety by requiring construction traffic to enter Audrey Gale Road and exit on Pole Road.  They also are requiring no development of the out lot without township board approval.  There is a state law that limits docking to an out lot to seven water craft.    The Township Board addressed the development at its September 14 meeting where public and written comments (directed to the Township) were welcome.

In other news, Pine County Soil and Water has decided to implement a two-year program of monitoring water quality in Pokegama, Cross, Big Pine, Oak, Sturgeon and Sand lakes.  The monitoring will include pH, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, Secchi disk (clarity), salinity, temperature, phosphorus and chlorophyll-a.  The pH is a measurement used to determine if the water is basic or acidic.  Conductivity is a measurement to determine the amount of dissolve chemicals in the water. Turbidity measures the amount of particles in the water.  Salinity is a measure of the amount of salts in the water, and chlorophyll-a is a measure of the amount of algae growing in the water.  This project is being funded by the County Aquatic Invasive Species Program, which receives money from the state through the sales tax program.  We will probably be involved in this program.

As you can see, there is a lot going on and we owe it to ourselves and our descendants to do our part to make improvements to our property to help prevent runoff into the lake.