To: BLA Members
Hey, Snowbirds!! We survived the winter on Bass Lake and are so looking forward to summer! It was a strange winter with freeze, thaw, snow and freeze again. The ice was unsafe through December and even though it finally froze, there was less ice fishing than other years. The end of February there was more rain, snow, thaw and freezing which left my driveway and road covered with thick ice and very hard to walk on without special boots - but summer is coming and I now will look for ice out. Last year it was April 6th.
The board has decided to mail all BLA members an education/information packet so be sure to watch your mailbox for it to arrive sometime next month. Also your new membership form.
Fifty degrees this weekend!! Think blue water, boats, and fishing!
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!
BLA Officers: Marilyn Bloom
Nancy Geiger Secretary/Treasurer
Governor Dayton Proclaims: Clean. Drain. Dry. Day!
At the stroke of midnight on Saturday, May 14th, Governor Mark Dayton will cast his line, proclaim Clean Drain Dry Day, signaling the start to a time honored tradition, the Minnesota Fishing Opener!
With over 1.6 million anglers hitting the water, fishing opener is the perfect opportunity to educate anglers on the importance of invasive species prevention. Clean Drain Dry Day recognizes county partners, lake associations and the many advocates united under a common theme working to ensure clean water and a vibrant outdoor economy.
Working with county agencies, lake associations and civic groups, Wildlife Forever coordinates community outreach and education throughout the state promoting conservation and stopping the spread of invasive species.
Do your part this fishing and boating season: Clean. Drain. Dry. all boats, trailers and gear.
Mandatory training required for aquatic invasive species violators
Starting this boating season, anyone found guilty of violating Minnesota’s aquatic invasive species laws will not only have to pay the required fines but will also have to complete mandatory training. The short “Clean In Clean Out” training must be completed before people found guilty of violating Minnesota’s aquatic invasive species laws can legally operate their watercraft anywhere in the state.
“The class is free and easy to take either online or with a paper home-study,” said April Rust, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invasive species training coordinator. “Anyone interested in learning more about how to protect Minnesota waters from invasive species can also take the free online class.”
The “Clean In Clean Out” training is available at www.mndnr.gov/CICOtraining.
“Minnesotans overall are doing the right things, and the rate of compliance with aquatic invasive species laws is increasing every year," said Maj. Todd Kanieski, DNR Enforcement operations manager. “The few individuals who violate these laws are the highest risk factor for infesting a lake or river. We want to not only help people avoid a citation but, more importantly, keep 95 percent of Minnesota’s lakes off the infested waters list.”
Boaters and anglers can comply with Minnesota’s invasive species laws by remembering Clean, Drain, Dispose:
Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC)
MAISRC's website has a brand new look!
New research updates, detailed information about the detection, prevention, and control of aquatic invasive species, ways you can get involved, and more are now available through the newly redesigned and enhanced website.
Please save Monday, September 12 for the 2016 Aquatic Invasive Species Research and Management Showcase
Continuing Education and Conference Center
University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus
Hosted by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center
Ice Out March 26th!
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
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.