Fall Newsletter

Upper Hay Lake Association P.O. Box 769 Pequot Lakes, Minnesota 56472 

Fall Newsletter October 2020                                               Page

Greetings from your President
What an amazing fall it has been! I have managed to get
one last kayak ride in to enjoy the crystal-like water and
beautiful colors. It is a bittersweet time of the year as
everyone is busy bringing in their boats and docks. We
had a windy yet beautiful summer to create many
memories on Upper Hay Lake. I am always a little sad
to see it come to an end but am thankful that I can share
the lake with you.
As of September 18th, three hundred hours of AIS
inspection were completed at the public landing. “Hats
Off” to Sam for doing a fantastic job monitoring our lake
access. She reported that we had a larger number of
boats coming to our lake than in the past. There will be
AIS training available in early spring for volunteers. It
would be a benefit to have volunteer inspectors at the
landing in the early evening hours during the week.
Crow Wing County is hosting a 2020 Aquatic Invasive
Species (AIS) prevention and wrap-up presentation on
October 28th starting at 9:00 AM. This presentation will
summarize the watercraft inspection season and AIS
prevention completed in 2020. This meeting will be
held via Microsoft Teams. If you would like to virtually
attend this meeting, call into +1 218-302-1725.
Conference ID: 903 754 753#. I can forward you
additional information if you are interested.
Shoreline restoration continues to be a priority for the
UHLA Board. Residents can apply for money from the
UHLA to be used for shoreline restoration provided that
you present a plan to the UHLA Board and use native
plants. Grant money cannot be used toward rip rap.
There needs to be a minimum of three years between
approved applications to receive $600 for shoreline
restoration. We still maintain that shoreline restoration
is an effective way to help reduce the amount of
phosphorus in our lake. Our UHLA Board members
have had extensive discussions on this concern. As
property owners, I urge you to consider if you are going
to have rip rap, to have at least twenty percent of your
lakeshore in native plants.
If you have a new neighbor move in, we would
appreciate if you notify one of us on the UHLA Board.

There has been a significant change of residents on our
lake and we would like to be able to keep our lake map
current. Remember that Upper Hay Lake Association
will continue to be successful if we have a strong and
interested membership. Thank you for your

–Claire Steen

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Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates have been
busy in 2020 with our state legislature. During the 2020
Legislative session MLR lobbyists and members worked
 Increase penalties for violating aquatic invasive
species laws from $250 to $1000.
 Introduce “Don’t Sell Our Water” legislation to
prevent the export of Minnesota’s water out of state
through a pipeline, train car or tanker truck. In the
last year a number of proposals have emerged to
ship Minnesota’s water to the increasingly arid
Southwestern states.
 Advance “Sustainable Shoreline Incentive Act”
legislation to help owners voluntarily protect and
restore their shorelines to improve water quality
and fish habitat.
 Create a watercraft safety operators certification
and rigorous training course for safety, AIS
prevention, and minimizing both quality of life
impacts and ecological impacts of boat wakes and
prop wash, which can erode shoreline, kill loon
chicks, churn up sediments and destroy aquatic
plants as well as destroy docks, lifts and other
shoreline infrastructure.
 Fund research by the St. Anthony Falls Fluid
Dynamics Lab into prop wash and wake impacts on
lake ecology so we can provide best practices to
 Prevent a shift of State General Tax onto cabins and
advance private property protections as the
legislature grapples with vacation home rental
 Continue and expand the funding for “No Child
Left Inside” legislation to connect local school
students with aquatic science education. People

Environmental Stewardship Today, for Tomorrow 

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care about what they understand, and protecting
lakes will mean a commitment from the next
 Improve the safety and AIS infrastructure of public
boat ramps.
 Push MN Pollution Control Agency efforts to “Get
the Lead Out” of our lakes to protect loons, swans
and other waterfowl that ingest lead tackle and die.
 Support efforts by local farmers to switch to
practices meant to protect water quality by reducing
chemical use, and reduce runoff erosion.
 Hold the line on property tax increases.
I know you have heard this before, but it definitely
needs repeating: You can help protect our lakes from
types of AIS which include, but not limited to: Zebra
Mussels, Spiny Waterflea, and Starry Stonewort. We
can stop this by taking these 3 steps every time you
leave a lake or river:
 Clean all aquatic plants, zebra mussels and other
AIS from boats, trailers, and water-related
 Drain water from your boat, ballast tanks, motor,
live well and bait container. Remove drain plug
and keep it out while transporting equipment.
 Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash. To keep live
bait, drain the water and refill the bait container
with bottles or tap water.
Dock and Lift Removal is an important time to check
for Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS).
The DNR recommends these steps for lake property
 Look on the posts, wheels and underwater support
bars of docks and lifts as well as any parts of boats,
pontoons and rafts that may have been submerged
for a period of time.
 Hire DNR-permitted lake service provider
businesses to remove boats, docks, lifts and other
water-related equipment. They have been trained
on Minnesota’s aquatic invasive species laws and
have experience identifying and removing invasive
 Contact an area DNR aquatic invasive species
specialist if an invasive species is discovered in a
waterbody that has not already been confirmed in
that water.

–Richard “Whitey” Larson
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Treasurer’s Report
Although COVID-19 made a huge change in our lives
this past year, it has been a good year for our lake
association in some ways. Even though we couldn’t
have our Annual Meeting in May and socializing
certainly wasn’t what it should be, our paid-up
membership is very close to our all time high! We are
closing out the year with a total of 101. My records
show an all time high of 102 memberships in 2013, but
we usually have a tough time getting into the 3-digit
Financially we are doing well. In paid memberships we
received $2,415.00 and an additional $1,570.00 in extra
donations for a total of $3,985.00. I will have a
complete financial report at our annual meeting on May
22, 2021. Am I being too optimistic believing we will
be over the Corona Virus restrictions by that time?
At our last UHLA Board of Directors meeting it was
suggested that I publish a list of other associations that
our association supports, or is a member of.
1. Whitefish Area Property Owners Association
(WAPOA) is one we work very closely with,
especially in the areas of water quality testing and
AIS testing.
2. Conservation Minnesota (previously Minnesota
Waters) – is a state-wide organization focused on
preserving the lakes and land of Minnesota. We
use them for our website hosting, linking us with
many other lake associations throughout the state.
3. Pine River Watershed Alliance – is currently
instrumental in the One Watershed One Plan
(1W1P) for Crow Wing and Cass Counties. We are
part of this large watershed and the Alliance works
on many restoration and protection projects that
affect our lake.
4. Crow Wing County Lakes and Rivers Alliance
(LARA) – represents the interests of over twenty
dues-paying lake and river associations in Crow
Wing County to the county, regional, state, and
federal levels of government.
5. Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates (MLR) – is
an advocacy group solely focused on protecting
Minnesota’s lake and river heritage for current and
future generations by forging powerful links
between lakes, lake advocates and policy makers.
They have a full time lobbyist working for us at the
State Capitol. (See Whitey’s article)

–Ken Meyer