The LOWIA Board has sent a letter requesting the funding of the following program:
The Michigan Clean Water Corps Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) is one of the most successful public-private collaborative partnership programs in Michigan history. Representing Michigan's only publicly funded program devoted to monitoring the water quality of our vast treasure of inland lakes, MiCorps CLMP is led by the Department of Environmental Quality, and is administered on a highly cost-effective basis by the Great Lakes Commission, Huron River Watershed Council, Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, and Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.
Currently several hundred citizen-volunteers actively monitor over 300 inland lakes each year. The loss of this highly regarded nationally recognized program would place Michigan in the undesirable position of being the only "lake rich" state or province within the Great Lakes region without an inland lakes water quality monitoring program. This volunteer-based program represents a key component of our ability to help preserve and protect the quality of our inland lakes for future generations!
Learn more about this program here.
From Michigan Lakes and Stream Association
March 8, 2018 Newsletter
Submitted by Paul J. Sniadecki, ML&SA Board Director
On going scientific study in the state of Minnesota has resulted in some key findings for the treatment of starry stonewart. The knowledge gained in Minnesota can be directly applied to the many lakes in Michigan with Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) infestations of starry stonewort. A forthcoming 2018 paper from researchers and their collaborators at the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Cooperative Research Center (MAISRC) at the University of Minnesota, will help inform starry stonewort management efforts for inland lakes. Researchers found that mechanical and algaecide treatments greatly reduced starry stonewort biomass, but that bulbils – small, star-shaped structures that can regenerate into new plants – remained viable after treatment. The project consisted of both field and lab work to evaluate the effects of mechanical and algaecide treatments on starry stonewort biomass, bulbil density, and bulbil viability. Researchers examined several areas of Koronis lake that had undergone different treatments, including a channel that was mechanically harvested, an area that was treated only with algaecide, and an area that was first mechanically harvested and then treated with algaecide. The results of each treatment were compared to an untreated reference area. This research was conducted in collaboration with the Koronis Lake Association and Blue Water Science, a lake management firm. Key findings included:
1. The algaecide (chelated copper) treatment on its own significantly reduced starry stonewort biomass, but failed to reduce bulbil density and the capacity of starry stonewort to regenerate via bulbils.
2. Combining the algaecide treatment with mechanical harvesting also significantly reduced starry stonewort biomass, and was associated with lower bulbil viability.
These findings underscore that a multi-pronged approach to starry stonewort control that includes both chemical and mechanical management has potential to improve outcomes. Determining how to prevent the recovery of starry stonewort from bulbils that remained viable after treatment needs further investigation using scientific methods. Applied research on the efficacy of starry stonewort treatment options has been extremely limited; but MAISRC is filling a critical knowledge gap with this work. The paper will soon be published in Lake and Reservoir Management, An International Journal of the North American Lake Management Society This invasive alga has now been found in only eleven (11) Minnesota lakes (compared to the scores of lakes in Michigan) and can grow tall and dense, interfering with recreation and potentially displacing native species. To date, treatment options have been limited and the species has proven difficult to control. Since 2012, the Minnesota Legislature has appropriated significant funds to create the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Cooperative Research Center (MAISRC) at the University of Minnesota, in collaboration with the Minnesota Commissioner of Natural Resources, MNDNR. (NOTE: Portions of this article originally appeared in the February 2018 Newsletter issued by MAISRC)
Friday & Saturday
April 20 & 21, 2018Crystal Mountain Resort
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Conference TopicsInland Lake Ecology 101The Role of Lake Associations in Promoting Lake StewardshipThe Importance of Natural ShorelinesThe Economic Value of Michigan’s Inland LakesEstablishing the Value of a Lake AssociationManaging Invasive Starry stonewortNon-chemical control of invasive phragmitesSwimmer’s Itch SeminarAquatic Plant IdentificationRiparian Rights and Water Law Update with ML&SA Attorney Clifford H. BloomMiCorps Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program Volunteer TrainingAnd many more topics of interest…Key Note SpeakersMichigan State Senator Rebekah Warren
MDNR Parks and Recreation Division Chief Ron Olson
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Policy Director Grenetta Thomassey
Higgins Lake Foundation Chair Vicki Springstead
Well, it looks like the ice and snow are gone for the time being. So, if you are looking for something to do this weekend, March 9th and 10th, here it is. Highs Marine will be having their Annual Open House this weekend. Complimentary wine tasting both days and three FREE fishing seminars. Friday is a COHO Seminar at 7:00 pm, Saturday is a Bass Fishing Seminar at 10:00 am and following that at 12:00 pm there will be a Walleye Fishing Seminar. Highs Marine works with our Lake Association throughout the year so stop in and see everything they are offering this weekend.
Everyone should be receiving their dues invoice in the USPS mail. Dues remain $30. You can pay your dues online here or via USPS mail. If you did not receive your invoice, please contact John Boersma at firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-932-5116.
Please leave your comments on this page regarding the application for a "marina". The hearing date is January 25 at 6pm at the Hamilton Township Hall. For more details see Keyholing Ordinance page.
An application for a Marina Permit at a property on Lake of The Woods has been filed with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s (MDEQ) Water Resources Division (WRD). A public hearing WILL BE HELD at the Hamilton Township Hall, 52333 Territorial Road West, Decatur, Michigan 49045 at 6:30 PM on January 25, 2018. An informal question and answer period will begin at 6:00 PM. The purpose of this hearing is to secure the views of interested persons concerning the permit application. The application is attached and can also be found on the Lake Association website WWW.LAKEOFTHEWOODSMI.ORG Comments can also be left on the website.
The DEQ received the permit application on September 9, 2017. The application was for a permanent dock to provide dockage for 6 boat slips, one for each back lot owner of a shared 40-foot wide access parcel. On October 11, 2017 the DEQ issued a Public Notice. Hamilton Township was notified and subsequently denied the zoning as it violated the ordinance and the DEQ halted the application process. The applicant has now applied to Hamilton Township for a zoning board appeal hearing for the marina. That hearing will take place at 6:30 immediately following the DEQ hearing.
Anybody who would like to comment for or against this permit can speak at these meetings. Your Lake Association board agrees with the current denial of the permit application. This is an example keyholing or funneling which over the past few years, your board has been working to prevent through strengthened ordinance revisions in Hamilton and Decatur Townships Guarding against overcrowding of the lake and maintaining the quality of the lake are vitally important to all property owners. This is one of the core issues that prompted the association to begin this most important endeavor.
LOWIA, Board of Directors
From our FB page today:
Michele Schroeder Gateley
Yes it is! We watched an Eagle fishing on the lake this morning! I need a better camera to capture this. The phone just isn’t good enough for all the birds we’ve seen!