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Sportsman Club – Past Reflections

Great food and fun! 

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CRWP 2014 cleanup day

 

CRWP Clean up Day  in September Each Year

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

Waterville Lakes Association Watercraft Inspection Program

Each summer the WLA  sponsores 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 tactilily 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 sponsors Watercraft inspections every summer and early fall. A watercraft inspector is hired in the Le Sueur County area and  assigned to work at Lake Sakatah and Tetonka. Working in coordination with the Waterville Lakes Association, inspectors are 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  dues yet?

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 and Pond Weed spraying.

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

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

Donation – Any amount is greatly appreciated!!

Be sure to include your name, residence address if you don’t live on the lake full time and lake address , phone number and email address so we can send updates.

Questions or Comments please contact: Eric Lomen at elomen@lomen.com

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Make a difference.

 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:

#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.

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Waterville Lakes Association Watercraft Inspection Program

Each year WLA  sponsors 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 tactilily 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 sponsors Watercraft inspections eah summer and early fall depending on weather cooperation. Two watercraft inspectors are hired in the Le Sueur County area and are 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!

WE NEED YOUR HELP! VOLUNTEER FOR BINGO FUNDRAISING!!

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 Tim Smith at 612-201-7978 or email snuffyjr_19@msn.com to volunteer.

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WATERVILLE FISHING OUTLOOK 2020

Click on the link below for the 2020 Waterville Fishing Outlook

Waterville Fishing Outlook 2020