The following information is for our review regarding the aquatic management program for Lake of the Woods for the 2017 season.
The 2016 was a successful yet challenging year in regards to exotic plant control. We observed more Eurasian watermilfoil this year than we have seen in the past ten years. Treatments were successful in maintaining control but more aggressive management will be needed in 2017. We are therefore recommending Sonar. We have scheduled these several times in the past but milfoil never got to levels where it was needed. Based on current conditions, it is the best option.
Management program for 2017 using Fluridone (Sonar A.S.):
April/May of 2017: Weed treatment of entire lake, applying restrictive product Sonar A.S. ”Fluridone” for the control of exotic plant species. If required an algae treatment will be performed in conjunction with initial treatment free of charge
Note: Treatments of Eurasian Watermilfoil for the 2018 season will be limited and/or may not be required. Fluridone treatments may have residual effect on Milfoil growth two to four years after initial treatment. Curly Leaf Pondweed may require treatment in the following seasons.
Water Quality Program: The water quality program consists of two samples, occurring in the spring, and late summer each season.
The program also tests our water for Fecal bacteria (E. Coli), in midsummer which can determine the condition of our lake and if the water is safe for swimming. Reports are issued annually in the fall.
Information reagarding propoed treatments dates will be mailed in early spring of 2017
A Sonar success story: Lake Fenton is a 845 acre lake in Genesee County, MI. PLM was contacted in 2014 to help address Eurasian watermilfoil. The initial treatment of Sonar was conducted in May 2015. A bump up treatment was conducted a few weeks later. By mid-summer 2015, the EWM was reduced substantially and by September, 2015 EWM could not be found in the lake. During this time period, native plants that were once suppressed by the EWM began to flourish. During the 2015 and 2016 seasons, native plants were able to reestablish in areas that were once dominated by EWM.
Bob Richter LOWIA
Roger's grandfather, Julien Mattens (Motty), bought 275 feet of shore line on Lake of the Woods in 1944. Back then Motty owned 2 restaurants in downtown Decatur at different times. Motty's Diner was on the now vacant lot across from the Hard Times on Phelps street. Eventually he wanted to downsize so he sold that place and purchased "Lunch", which we all know now as "Nettie's Cafe".
Back to the picture. . .
Motty built a resort where people could buy worms and rent a fishing boat or a cabin on the lake. Roger said 3 resorts have existed on LOW: Motty's, Hills, and Ackleys . This is a picture of Motty's Resort. This property was passed to Roger's parents and eventually to Roger & Carol. After Roger's father died he and Carol split the land up, knocked down the cabins and built their house. Roger's family has been on LOW over 72 years! He remembers aquaplanes landing on the lake and para-sailers taking off from Brookheisen Point.
Roger and Carol Mattens' "cottage" is located at 46296 86th Ave, along the south shore of LOW. Their full time residence is in Richland, between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. They are both retired teachers from the Battle Creek Public Schools.
Carol taught early elementary students. She used to sing in various choirs. Her hobbies include counted cross stitch and reading. Roger taught Speech and Drama in high school. He also taught theater, debate & forensics. He likes to take care of his yards, gardening and landscaping them. He says he doesn't wear gloves because he likes to feel the dirt! He goes to yoga 2-3 times a week. And Roger is a fanatic Notre Dame football fan! He is passionate about attending games, often wearing his kilt!
Carol and Roger have 2 sons, one grandson and 3 granddaughters who spend lots of time visiting them at the lake. Roger loves it when the grandchildren stay with them at the lake. He will awaken them very early in the morning before anyone else is awake to go on treasure hunts. He leads them quietly out to the paddle boat and they head for the small island to hunt for those precious treasures--like clam shells!
Carol is a member of the PEO (they fund scholarships) and the Delta Kappa Gamma Society (a teachers group). She plays Bunco and is active in her church.
Roger is a lifetime member of the National Education Association and the Michigan Education Association. He was a recipient of the Hall of Fame award from the Michigan Speech Coaches Association. In fact, there is a plaque on the wall in the lower level of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, bearing his name! Why there? He used to bring students to the Grand Hotel for the Lilac Speech Tournament. The students spent the weekend at the Grand Hotel for this speech competition every year. They even had to dress for dinner! Roger is President of Southwest Michigan Rehab Foundation, a philanthropic trust that provides financial assistance to people who fall below the poverty level . He and Carol are very busy people!
Carol and Roger both love Lake of the Woods. It is woven into the fabric of their memories with all the family reunions, engagement parties, baby showers, 4th of July celebrations and many more important occasions with family and friends. Roger says, "This lake has community. People care for one another once you get to know your neighbors. People will help you. "
This may be a good place to note that Roger served for over 20 years on the LOWA board, many of those years as secretary/treasurer! Thank you, Roger, for all those years of service!
I asked them what they like about lake living. They responded, "Relaxing on Sunday night is the best night of the week when all the boaters go home. We sit on our swing and relax. Every sunset is special. Every quiet morning when water is like glass and the only movement on the lake are the swans is special." Roger added, "Doctors should be able to write prescriptions for lake living."
Their favorite restaurants in the area include Woodfire (Dowagiac), La Cantina (Paw Paw), Decoy Ducks (Lawton), and The Round Oak (Dowagiac). Roger thought it would be nice if LOW had its own restaurant on the lake. (Just a seasonal one. . .)
Roger and Carol had some advice to share with lake residents: "Consider your time at the lake as stewards. This is not ours. We are only caretakers of it for a short time. Try to leave your property better than when you acquired it."
Jan Roeder lives at 46211 Lakeview Drive. She moved back to Decatur in 2000 from Sarasota, FL to help with her father who was living on the farm alone, and experiencing memory problems.
Jan was born in the farmhouse on County road 215, and she graduated from Decatur High School in 1956. She recalls working at Narregan's Drug Store at the soda fountain when she was 16 to 19 years old. While we talked she reminisced about "one of the nicest stores in town". It was a newsstand run by Helyn Hillyer where there were all kinds of things, including the Wall Street Journal special ordered when her husband visited. She also recalls a movie theater that closed in 1958, and an A&P grocery store.
Jan married and raised three children. Her family moved around a lot due to her husband's international work with Pillsbury, Seagrams, & Tropicana. Her husband died in December of 1996.
Not wanting to live on the farm she bought the Thomas house on Lakeview Drive. Thomas developed a lot of the sub-division named Shady Shores. She says she has great neighbors, Sandy Eich on one side of her, retired board member of LOWIA, and the Boersmas on the other side, with John just coming on the board this year. She is happy that we have a lot of new board members who are carrying on the work of those who started the Association in the 80's.
Jan has been very active in the Decatur community. She is involved with the First Presbyterian Church and serves as a Deacon there. She serves on the board of Decatur Human Services and her duties there are advertising, news bulletins, and overseeing soup suppers to raise money for DHS with the 14 organizations that participate. The soup suppers are held at Holy Family Catholic Church. Jan also writes articles and takes pictures for the Decatur Republican newspaper.
To stay in shape physically, Jan goes to Full Throttle for some cardio drumming, stretching and weights on Fridays in town. Her favorite restaurants in the area are: The Rock (Big Fish Lake in Marcellus), Chin Chin (Mattawan), Final Gravity, Nettie's Cafe and the Hard Times. She travels to Florida, Minneapolis and Chicago frequently to visit her grandchildren.
Jan likes living on Lake of the Woods. She said although she was raised in Decatur, she never paid much attention to the lake while growing up. She is not crazy about boats, although they had one in Florida, but she has paddle boards that her granddaughters use when they visit. She says neighbors and friends take her for an occasional boat ride. She likes that the lake is so close to town and likes its quietness in the winter. She, as others, are concerned about the boat traffic on the lake in the summer.
Did I mention Jan served on the LOWIA Board for a total of 10 years? A big thank you to Jan for all those years of service!
I asked what might be missing from the lake and she said maybe a restaurant. "Then I'd have to have a boat!" she added.
Jan says she likes living in Decatur. "It's a big plus to be happy where you are." and she is so right about that!!