In regards to milfoil, the lake is looking good. We have not seen much at all in regards to milfoil and the Sonar treatment appears to have done its job. Hopefully we will get another ten years of good control like we did the last time. Even natives are not overly abundant based on our previous visits. This is
common the year Sonar is used. The main problem that I witnessed during my
last visit and reports from my applicators is the Starry stonewort.
Unfortunately there are areas where it was able to grow without treatment
due to the folks with DNR fisheries. We treated a few weeks ago but starry
stonewort is not the same as other aquatic species in that it cannot be
eliminated completely and can only be managed. The schedule is a little off
due to the restrictions placed on the permit but I hope to get the lake back
on the schedule for starry stonewort next week. Basically we need to get
back to treating everything at once instead of different parts of the lake
at different times which we were forced to do because of the restrictions.
The explosion of weeds is likely the starry stonewort since it catches fire
around this time of year. This time of year it has to be addressed every
two to three weeks to keep it burned back.
Our towns parade had clowns, race cars, trucks, fire engines, tractors, and even had a LOWIA entry. The Neubauer family showed up with their truck and boat decorated for the parade representing our association.
We had seven boats show up for our annual boat parade on the 4th of July.
The top prize this year goes to the Neubauer boat which had the World Series Cub theme, they even secured the world series trophy for the parade. Second place went to the Younker boat which had an Aloaha theme, and believe me Younkers had dancing on their boat that never stopped the whole parade route around LOW. The Wesaw family came in third with a tropical theme. Fourth place went to Eric & Tammy Miller and family who also had an excellent Cub theme boat. Fifth place was very unique in that the people on this boat actually got married two hours earlier on LOW and were still in wedding mode. Congrats to everyone who entered and to the new couple. Kudos also to our 5 families judging the boats, And this year we added three secret judges, if there was any kind entertainment going on it continued around the whole lake as you did not know where these secret judges were. Thanks to Highs Marine for the prizes. Pictures will be forthcoming.
Pretty surprising: The lost dog was found this morning by a local Decatur town resident. Having no cell phone he stopped a passing car and asked them to call the number on the flyers that were posted in town. She was found by Highs Marine.