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!
August 27, 2016
BLA Officers: Marilyn Bloom
Nancy Geiger Secretary/Treasurer
Proposed 2017 Crow Wing County AIS Prevention Plan 12/21/16
Zebra mussel larvae confirmed in Leech Lake 12/8/16
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in their larval stage in two locations in Leech Lake in Cass County. The DNR has found no adult zebra mussels in the lake, but the locations and numbers of zebra mussel larvae, called veligers (VEL-uh-jers), indicate a reproducing population may be present.
The DNR confirmed more than 30 veligers from a sample collected in deep water off the shore of Portage Bay, on the northeast side of the 110,000-acre lake, and more than 40 veligers from a sample collected in the center of Kabekona Bay, on Leech Lake’s western edge. No veligers were present in samples collected from three other sites between Portage and Kabekona bays. The two sites where veligers were confirmed are nearly 17 miles apart.
The DNR Fisheries section collected the samples as part of their Lake Survey Program, which proactively gathers and analyzes samples from the 11 largest lakes in Minnesota every year. Leech Lake is the third-largest lake in the state.
Portage Bay is within the Leech Lake Reservation; Kabekona Bay is not. The DNR will work with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, the Leech Lake Association, property owners and local governments to conduct a broader search and discuss options.
People should contact an area DNR aquatic invasive species specialist if they think they’ve found zebra mussels or any other invasive species that has not already been confirmed in a lake.
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 wonderful 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.
Wired2Fish graciously produced a short video on the impacts of AIS for the recent Aquatic Invaders Summit.
Inspecting boats for AIS, particularly at night or during a rain shower, can be tricky. Human error is about 20%. But dogs trained to sniff out zebra mussels are almost infallible. The MN DNR had a demonstration by one of their zebra mussel sniffing dogs at the Aquatic Invaders Summit.
Ice on 12/9/16
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).
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)
The township is currently grooming trails for X-country skiing.
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.
Crow Wing County AIS Decontamination Policy
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.
People spread Aquatic Invasive Species, people are the solution.