At tomorrows mtg and picnic Saturday July 15th we will be taking orders for a Lake of the Woods shirt that was printed about 20 years ago and we have had a lot of interest in printing these again. There will be a order sheet if you have any interest in ordering a shirt. The price of the short sleeve shirt should be around $15.00 per shirt. Below is the picture of the shirt.
Well, we had nine decorated boats participate in our annual boat parade, even with a possible rain storm on the way. Heavy, heavy thunder and very dark clouds looming at 6:00 pm, but LUCKILY it blew away from all of us on the lake, and it became slightly cooler with not a drop of rain. Many thanks to the families who took the time to decorate their boats for the parade. Thanks to our Grand Marshal, the Richter family, and also to our 6 judges. The judges were the Neubauer family, Fulwiler family, Malburg family, Panico family, Iwan family and the Vanwhy family. We enjoyed some libation with Jello shots, and candy canes also tossed out. And YESSSS Die Hard is a Christmas movie!!! WE THINK haha.
The decoration themes were:
Bird family/Take me out to the ballgame
Jacob/Taylor Swifties, The Eras Tour
Hamood/WWE wrestling ring
Hillyer/God Bless America
Bree/The Krusty Krab
Younker/7th inning stretch
All prizes for the top four boats were donated by Jim Rau at Apollo Marine in Lawton MI. THANKS JIM.
SOOOOOO, drumroll please … here are the results you’ve been waiting for,
First place, Reynolds family with Christmas theme, reindeers, costumes and even SNOW,
Second place, Boonstra family with a Barbie and Ken theme.
Third place, Hamood family with WWE wrestling with all the WWE wrestling superstars in attendance in a ring.
Tied for fourth were the Bird family with Take me out to the ballgame and the Younker family with 7th inning stretch theme, Put me in Coach!
Since there was a tie for fourth, the next two places were
Fifth place to the Jacob family with Taylor Swift theme
Sixth place was Bree family with The Krusty Krab theme
Tied for seventh place was the Hillyer family with God Bless America theme, and the Morgan Family with Candyland theme
Thanks again everybody! SEE YOU ALL IN 2024!!
Bob Richter, President LOWIA
Statewide Fire Risks and Air Quality Concerns
Michiganders know our weather can change on a dime. That's true when it comes to fire-related risk, too, especially now with drought conditions in much of the state and air quality being dramatically affected by smoke from Canada wildfires. We want everyone to enjoy the outdoors, and arming yourself with information is key:
Fireworks refresher: Tips for fire-safe July 4th fun
As you make Independence Day plans, prepare for fun and safety, too. Care with campfires and fireworks is critical, as Michigan continues its run of unusually dry weather that puts fields and forests at risk for wildfire.
If you choose to use fireworks over the July Fourth holiday, the following tips can help avoid injuries or sparking a wildfire.
So far this season, DNR firefighters have responded to more than 230 wildfires. Get wildfire prevention tips at Michigan.gov/PreventWildfires and check to see if it’s safe to burn brush and leaves at Michigan.gov/BurnPermit.
We discussed Fireworks in the Summer 2020 issue of The Michigan Riparian magazine:
“Effects of Fireworks on Inland Lakes: A Primer” by Dr. Jennifer Jermalowicz-Jones
Stay DRY on the water this holiday weekend
Conservation officers will have an increased presence on Michigan waterways July 1-3 as part of Operation Dry Water, a national law enforcement campaign to promote sober boating.
There's good reason for the effort. According to the most recent U.S. Coast Guard report, alcohol remains the primary contributing factor in recreational boater deaths. Alcohol impairs a boater’s judgment, balance, vision and reaction time, and can increase fatigue and susceptibility to the effects of cold-water immersion. Sun, wind, noise, vibration and motion – elements common to the boating environment – intensify the side effects of alcohol, drugs and some medications.
Nationally, law enforcement officers contacted 350,472 boaters, made 794 boating under the influence arrests, and issued 45,067 citations and warnings for safety violations during last year's Operation Dry Water campaign.
The DNR encourages boaters to ride only with a sober operator who has a valid boater safety education certificate. Learn more about boating safety or sign up for a boater safety course.
Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week is July 2-8
Ahoy, boaters! Ready for Michigan’s 10th annual Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week?
This year it runs July 2-8 and features outreach events at more than 50 sites across the state. Michigan’s Invasive Species Program partners and volunteers will be reminding boaters to “clean, drain, dry” their boats and trailers before getting back on the road.
Boaters and anglers need to know that state law requires removal of plants and debris from watercraft and trailers; removal of drain plugs; and draining of bilges, ballast tanks and live wells before any watercraft is transported. Remembering to “clean, drain, dry” also helps prevent the spread of invasives like starry stonewort and zebra and quagga mussels.
Michigan’s AIS Awareness Week events support the Great Lakes AIS Landing Blitz, spreading the word about aquatic invasive species prevention throughout the Great Lakes states and Canadian provinces. It's sponsored by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy's Water Resources Division in partnership with the departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture and Rural Development, federal agencies and private and nonprofit organizations.
Get involved with AIS Awareness Week and the AIS Landing Blitz and learn about preventing the spread of invasive species at Michigan.gov/Invasives.
FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE:
Boat parade this year 2023 will be held on Saturday JULY 1st 2023
With Fourth of July being on a Tuesday this year and people possibly working on the Monday before the holiday, the association decided that Saturday would be the best date for participation in the boat parade.
The Lake of the Woods Improvement Association will again sponsor the decorated boat parade around Lake of the Woods. Beginning promptly at 6:00 pm for a 6:30 start.
Lake residents and other boaters are encouraged to decorate their pontoon boat or other watercraft for an evening of fun. There is no particular theme and the parade is open to anyone. Use your skill and creative talent to come up with a prize winning entry or just participate for the fun of it. Remember, we are honoring American independence, so get the creative juices flowing. Some things that have special appeal to the judges include: costumes, music, lights, animation and special effects.
Parade participants are requested to muster and register at the north side of the lake. Look for the boat with the Grand Marshal banner to receive your registration number and instructions at 6:00 pm, but NO LATER THAN 6:15 FOR A PROMPT 6:30 BOAT PARADE START.
Merchandise certificates courtesy of Apollo Marine in Lawton and the Lake of the Woods Improvement Association will be awarded to the top 4 boats. We look forward to your participation in making this the best Boat Parade EVER. Please join us. Let’s try and make this the year that will top 2009, when we had 20 boats participate!
PLEASE JOIN US THIS YEAR !!!!!!
QUESTION: ARE THERE STATE OR LOCAL REGULATIONS THAT GOVERN THE OPERATION OF BUBBLER SYSTEMS FOR PERMANENT DOCKS? WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE IMPACTS OF USING BUBBLERS?
For bubblers that are attached to permanent docks and not placed on bottomland, a permit would not be required by the State of Michigan. However, some local municipalities have regulations that ban bubblers. Riparians should be aware that they are taking on considerable personal liability should death or injury result from their use of a bubbler to de-ice an area. Additionally, bubblers should not be used in such a way as to impede navigation by people who are entitled to use the lake. (For example, using a bubbler to block ice fishermen from accessing the lake). Navigation and fishing are public trust rights and enforcement may occur if these rights are infringed upon.
Other devices, such as decorative fountains, bottom diffusers, lake aeration, and any device that moves sediment, such as aqua thrusters/aqua blasters, are regulated activities and would require a permit. Aqua thrusters/aqua blasters and similar devices cause a dredge and uncontrolled fill of lake bottomlands which can have negative impacts on the public trust, riparian rights, and the environment. One of the problems with these devices is that due to wind and currents, the operator is unable to control where the muck and debris will be redeposited. There have been instances of the muck that was blasted off of one property drifting and redepositing onto neighboring properties, which makes these devices difficult to permit. Permit applicants should explore alternatives when considering aqua thruster/aqua blaster devices that allow for them and their neighbors to exercise their riparian rights responsibly while having a minimal impact on the lake environment.
ERIC CALABRO |
INLAND LAKE ANALYST, EGLE WATER RESOURCES DIVISION
This article was taken from the Michigan Waterfront Alliance Update email of 2/15/23. Good stuff to know. . .
Hundreds of Thousands of Failing Septic Systems Contribute
to an Ongoing Major Public Health Issue in Michigan
Groundwater, and the Waters of our Fragile Lakes, Rivers, and Streams
are Subject to Contamination by Failing Residential Septic Systems
by Scott Brown
MWA E- Newsletter Editor
Attributed to the fact that Michigan continues to be the only state within the United States of America that has not yet enacted a state-wide law requiring regular septic system inspections, and to the fact that only eleven out of eighty three, or 13% of counties in Michigan have enacted local regulations that require regular septic system inspections, hundreds of thousands of failing septic systems continue to be a major source of e-coli and human fecal bacteria laden raw sewage that contaminates ground water, and renders the waters of many our lakes, rivers, and streams unfit for total contact water sports such as swimming or snorkeling. The steadily escalating environmental and public health associated problem is derived from that fact that approximately 20%, or 280,000, of the 1.4 million septic tanks that were constructed in the 1950’s and 1960’s throughout Michigan are now failing. The problem has also been exacerbated by the fact that many Michigan homes, and their now severely antiquated septic systems were built prior to the construction of sewer systems that now serve even the smallest of towns and villages.
Septic systems, otherwise known as on-site waste water disposal systems, are designed and installed in order to manage and treat the waste generated by toilets before it reaches ground water. In a properly designed septic system, the septic tank serves to remove larger solids from wastewater. Wastewater that flows out of the septic tank is saturated with contaminants that must be removed before the water can safely be combined with surface and/or groundwater. Public health issues stem from the fact that septic tank effluent contains large concentrations of toxic micro-organisms that are capable of making people sick. Moreover, the organic matter present in wastewater effluent creates bad odors, and contains algae growth stimulating nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) that can have a negative impact on aquatic ecosystems. Properly designed septic systems include a disposal field comprised of a mixture of sand, silt, and clay that are often referred to as loamy soils that act to successfully treat bacterial and inorganic compounds. Phosphorus that is produced within the household that passes through the septic tank is also captured within a properly designed disposal field’s soil.
On-site waste water disposal systems continue to be installed in support of residential and commercial development that occurs in rural settings where sanitary sewer systems are not available. According to Michigan State University Extension, when an on-site waste water disposal system is correctly located, properly designed, carefully installed, and properly maintained, they are capable of serving as effective waste disposal systems that are economical and that do not pose a threat to public health or to the fragile ecosystems of surrounding streams, rivers, and lakes.
Michigan’s on-going failing septic system crisis is best exemplified by Kent County where a volunteer only septic system inspection program allows an estimated 11, 250 failing residential septic systems distributed throughout the county to leak approximately one million gallons of raw sewage into vulnerable groundwater supplies each day. In inland lake inundated Oakland County, as another prime example, where public health threatening cases of e-coli contamination of rivers and lakes are reported on a more and more frequent basis, and where county officials have also yet to establish a program that would mandate regular septic system inspections, approximately twenty-five to thirty percent of the 100,000 septic systems located in Michigan’s most affluent county are known to be leaking. The gravity of the situation is also effectively illustrated by the fact that the results of a 2015 study conducted by Michigan State University researchers on sixty-four Michigan rivers revealed that concentrations of e-coli that were higher than U. S. Environmental Protection Agency permitted water quality standards. The significance of the issue is also amplified by the fact that the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lake, and Energy (EGLE) reports that approximately one half of Michigan’s thousands of miles of rivers and streams suffer from concentrations of toxic e-coli that exceed minimum water quality standards.
Representing a major environmental and public health issue that promises to escalate in significance as increasing numbers of septic systems fail and begin to leak with the passage of time, past efforts to enact legislation that would have established a meaningful statewide standard for how septic tanks are designed, built, inspected, and maintained have sadly disintegrated in the face of arguments suggesting that in addition to treading on individual property rights, regulating septic tanks in a manner that would require regular inspections and maintenance would be too costly for homeowners, over burden local health departments, and make it more difficult to sell homes.
It is important to note, however, that Michigan Governor Whitmer recognized the significance of the on-going problem and declared the week of September 20-24, 2021 as Septic Smart Week that encouraged homeowners and communities to properly maintain their increasingly vulnerable septic systems. In addition, Governor Whitmer and Senator Jon Bumstead proposed dedicating $35 million of the 2022 state budget to enable the establishment and funding of an EGLE administered program that would make low interest loans available to homeowners seeking to repair, replace, or eliminate leaking residential septic systems.
The latest attempt at passing legislation that would require septic tank inspections was introduced as House Bill 6101 on May 17, 2022 by Representatives Yaroch and Rendon, and was referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation. Known as the "septic tank inspection at time of sale act", due to an upcoming election, and perceived wide spread opposition to the legislation, neither the Michigan House of Representative or the Michigan Senate took any sort of action on the bill. Only time will tell if Governor Whitmer and the leadership of both houses of the Michigan legislature will pursue a viable solution to an on-going environmental crisis by enacting a state law requiring property owners to inspect and maintain their septic systems on a regular basis.
For more information on how failing septic systems are capable of degrading our precious freshwater resources, visit the U. S. EPA’s web page entitled “How Your Septic System Can Impact Nearby Water Sources” . The always wise, inland lakes preservation focused folks from northwest Lower Michigan’s Glen Lake Association have also created a septic smart webpage that contains valuable information regarding the proper maintenance of septic systems.
This article is taken from the MI Lakes & Streams February 2023 Newsletter
Editor's Note: This is from a letter shared with us by Shavehead Lake regarding the permit for their round up program, thank you to the board of Shavehead Lake Association for sharing this information. The USDA and DNR provided additional information as well.
Last year, the Canada Goose Round Up Program was cancelled because of the detection of High Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1 in wild birds in the state. The disease has continued to persist in wild birds and mammals throughout the state and there continues to be cases in backyard poultry flocks. Avian influenza is a virus that can infect wild birds and both free-ranging and domestic poultry such as chickens, turkeys, quail and geese.
With HPAI still present in the state, it presents a clear and important threat to wildlife and domestic poultry facilities. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is cancelling the Canada Goose Round Up Program for 2023 because of the risk of transporting HPAI around the state with the relocation of Canada geese.
The DNR has notified Canada goose contractors and past Round Up Program participants of the cancellation. Any Round Up (Capture) and Hold Canada Geese Permit Applications and associated fees that have already been submitted will not be processed. Similar to 2022, the DNR will make very limited exceptions for round up in approved situations where there are elevated human health and safety concerns, however any birds rounded up under these exceptions will be euthanized.
The DNR continues to encourage Canada goose nest and egg destruction to resolve conflicts and is again waiving geographic eligibility requirements. Permits are required for this activity however there are no fees associated with these permits. Please be aware that nest and egg destruction does require online training to be completed.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to consider the risk to people from HPAI viruses to be low. The DNR continues to work closely with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development; Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Veterinary Services (USDA, VS) and Wildlife Services (USDA, WS); and Michigan State University to monitor health of poultry, livestock, wildlife and residents in Michigan. If you notice the death of three or more wild birds, please report it to DNR through the Eyes in Field App or at 517-336-5030.
If you have questions, please contact MI.firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also direct questions about the Canada Goose Program to Barbara Avers, Waterfowl and Wetland Specialist, at email@example.com.
For more information, please visit:
Michigan.gov/AvianInfluenza or Michigan.gov/AvianDiseases.
MDNR – Ice Safety Tips
One can also be liable for such injuries or death based on Michigan premises liability law. Here a lakefront home owner or the possessor of the land who uses a bubbler may be held responsible to any social guest (your friends and relatives) by a showing that the land owner or possessor knew or should have known of the condition caused by the bubbler and should have realized that it involved an unreasonable risk of harm, that the guest would not discover or realized the danger until it was too late and that the guest should have been warned. There is a special rule imposing a higher degree of care when any of the social guests are children.
Under Michigan law a trespasser may even hold a lakefront homeowner or possessor liable for a bubbler. To impose liability here for injuries or death of a trespasser, the trespasser or the surviving family must prove that the riparian or possessor knew or should have known that trespassers constantly intruded in the area of the dangerous condition and that the riparian owner or possessor was actively negligent or created the dangerous condition caused by the use of the bubbler.
Additional theories of liability under Michigan law where a riparian homeowner or possessor may be held liable for injuries or death arising out of the use of a bubbler include a public nuisance, a nuisance per se, a nuisance in fact and a negligent nuisance. A public nuisance is an unreasonable interference with a right common to the general public. Unreasonable interference includes significant interference with public health, safety, peace, comfort or convenience, prescribed by law and of a continuing nature that produces a permanent or long-lasting effect. A nuisance per se is an act, occupation or structure that is a nuisance at all times and under any circumstances. A nuisance in fact is a nuisance by reason of circumstances and surroundings. An act may be found to be a nuisance in fact when its natural tendency is to create danger and inflict injury on person and property. A negligent nuisance in fact is one that is created by the possessor’s negligent acts, that is, a violation of some duty owed to the plaintiff that results in a nuisance. A nuisance in fact is intentional if the creator intends to bring about the conditions that are in fact found to be a nuisance.
Lastly, Michigan law allows for liability of a bubbler under attractive nuisance law. To sustain an attractive nuisance case the injured person or family of the deceased must show that the riparian or possessor knew or had reason to know that children were likely to trespass; that the children (being minors) did not realize the risk involved; that the bubbler’s utility to the riparian and the burden of eliminating the condition were slight compared with the risk to children; and, that the riparian failed to exercise reasonable care to eliminate the danger caused by a bubbler.
Your LOWIA board wishes everyone a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year. Ice should be forming any day now, but we do have the warm weather coming next week. Be safe out there when ice fishing and beware of the bubblers that some homeowners use to keep the ice open by their property. We will be posting the latest water quality report from our lake here on our website. Here is a short understanding of the report from PLM.
In short, there are no big red flags. Dissolved oxygen and E.coli were both good. The only things that were a little elevated were phosphorus (both spring and late summer) and nitrogen (spring). The phosphorus was not bad, just a little bit elevated in the spring. The late summer phosphorus was sampled from near the lake bottom so it is expected to be higher. Regardless, both were not bad numbers…. Just slightly elevated. The spring nitrogen was only slightly elevated but was back to normal in the late summer.
Ho, Ho, Ho from your board.