Thank you to all of the members who attended our pot luck lunch and meeting August 27th. It is fun to get to know those around our lake who share our desire to keep it clean and free of invasive species. I hope more of you can make it next August 26th (mark your calendars now).
Also a BIG THANK YOU to Terri Stanley for the Membership Packet she made up for all of us! If you didn't get yours yet, it's because you weren't home when she hand delivered them. Wonderful information!!
After having a cabin full of family over the holiday, I am now recovering. We had up to 12 one day. What a great place to all be together and enjoy each other! My son had a trip to the ER for a bee sting (he is ok).
As the summer ends, we can look forward to fall which is so beautiful up here. Be sure you spend time the next months enjoying it!
By-Laws (Adopted 2010; Amended 2014)
Annual Membership meeting held the Saturday before Labor Day.
Membership dues are $20.00 payable by May 15th of each
Interested in being a member? Complete the application below.
Out and About
Recycling is now available at Mission Township Hall.
The Mission Township Transfer Station is open from 10:00-2:00 every Saturday. Opened April until the end of October. The Transfer Station is located on East Horseshoe Lake Road.
There is an aluminum can recycling bin at the town hall that benefits the Mission Township Park. Please separate your aluminum cans next time you recycle!
Wednesday-Thursday, October 5-6
Aquatic Invasive Summit II
BLA Officers: Marilyn Bloom
Nancy Geiger Secretary/Treasurer
Lake Associations are solution to AIS 9/6/16
Jeff Forester of MN Lakes and Rivers Advocates wrote:
Last week at the State Fair, Gov. Dayton called on all Minnesotans to take a "stewardship pledge" as part of the state's "Year of Water Action." In essence, Governor Dayton is calling on all Minnesotans to join in the work that lake association members have been doing for decades.
There are at least 500 lake associations across Minnesota ranging in size from less than 100 members to over 5,000. Taken collectively, Lake Associations are the largest and most active conservation group in the state. A few years ago MLR and MN COLA did a survey, and estimated that LAs spend, collectively, over $2 million on lake protection, including AIS. They commit tens of thousands of hours in volunteer time. They contribute to fish stocking programs. They do more to protect water and protect water recreation than any group of people in the state. I have been sharing this message as widely as I can, most recently on Fox News.
Beginning in 2013, MLR began working to organize Lake Associations into an effective constituency. We learned that lack of funding at the local level was a significant barrier to AIS prevention. We worked to change this, and in 2014 the Legislature passed and Governor Dayton signed into law $10 million in annual County Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Aid.
In 2015 we co-hosted the first Aquatic Invaders Summit to help increase the communication, collaboration and consistency of AIS efforts across the many local groups working to prevent the spread. After two full years of funding, it is time to have another Aquatic Invaders Summit to share the successes and challenges local groups are encountering.
I know how hard your lake association is working to protect the lake you represent. The Aquatic Invaders Summit has been designed to support those efforts. At it you will have the opportunity to find partners, learn about the best strategies, and find access to funding sources.
9/19 Update from Jeff Forester:
After Wednesday, September 21st, the registration fee for the 2016 Aquatic Invaders Summit increases. Register today and save.
2016 Aquatic Invaders Summit
This Fall as people remove docks and lifts and winterize lake water systems more lakes have been discovered to have zebra mussels or starry stonewort. Some early detection strategies have led to the discovery while the infestation is small and management options are greater. If you are concerned about aquatic invasive species spread, if you are involved in lake management, if you are trying to manage a new infestation, then attend the Aquatic Invaders Summit. It is your one stop shop for the latest science, management strategies, education materials and control methods.
What do you think about promoting a great service provider on the website? This great idea was proposed at the annual meeting. Wouldn't it be great to be able to find out a name recommended by one of your neighbors when needing something--electrical work, plumbing, dock services, yard work, whatever! Please provide your recommendation and/or comments to Martha Steele at email@example.com.
Water Quality (Catherine McGoldrick):
See separate water quality page for more info.
Secchi disk readings (this tells us the clarity of the lake's water by measuring how deep one can see a white disk under the surface at the deepest part of the lake).
2016 Secchi Disk Readings:
April 20 13.5 feet
June 20 14.5 "
July 1 12.5 "
MN Lakes and Rivers Advocates
Joined in 2015.
Mission: To protect Minnesota's lake and river heritage for current and future generations by forging powerful links between lakes, lake advocates, and policy makers.
Crow Wing County Lakes and Rivers Alliance
Joined in June 2012.
Membership renewed for 2016.
See Info page for LARA newsletter and link.
Mission Township Park (Michael Blassey)
Crow Wing county recently logged some land adjacent to Mission Park property. In 2022 this land will become Mission Township property, but prior to that it is managed by them. The township has also done some logging with a forest stewardship plan in place and we are looking forward to a healthy, sustainable forest for future generations.
The shelter is available to Mission Township residents for use by reservation. Contact town clerk, Anna Anderson, at 765-4377
Also, please call Michael if you have questions or issues about the trail system at 765-3863.
People spread Aquatic Invasive Species, people are the solution.
Crow Wing County AIS Decontamination Policy