ICE IS OUT!! April 7th!
Happy New Year,
As you can see from a few photos in the photo gallery, many of us have huge ice ridges on our shoreline (that is a yardstick propped up there). According to the DNR factsheet "Shoreland Alterations" updated 7/16/2014, no permit is required to remove them if the work is completed within the current, calendar year and erosion and sediment are controlled. We want to maintain the water quality as much as possible.
Again, thanks for your efforts to keep our lake free of invasive species and a recreational paradise for all.
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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 6th 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: Catherine McGoldrick President
Nancy Geiger Secretary/Treasurer
News and Info
DNR postpones AIS training and trailer decal program
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will postpone the new aquatic invasive species training and trailer decal program that was due to launch at the end of the month while legislators consider changes to the program.
Under a law passed by the state Legislature in 2012, anyone trailering a boat or water-related equipment such as docks and lifts in Minnesota is required to take aquatic invasive species training and display a decal on their trailer. The effective date is July 1, 2015.
“With the legislative interest in this educational program and ongoing discussions about possible changes, we are postponing the launch until we see if the Legislature acts this session to modify the program,” said Bob Meier, DNR assistant commissioner.
The DNR supports the education that would be provided under this law, but recognizes there are some concerns with the way the law is currently written. For example, people transporting boats on trailers through Minnesota to another destination are required to take the course and display a decal even if they don’t put their boat in Minnesota waters.
Since the training and decal are currently not required until July 1, the DNR wants to remind people that there will be time to see what happens legislatively and still take the course and receive decals. The agency will post any updates on trailers at www.trailers.mndnr.gov and alert the media if there are any program changes.
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).
ICE OUT: April 25
May 2 10 feet
May 16 12 "
June 10 16 "
June 23 14 "
July 9 13 "
July 21 13 "
Aug 5 13 " still !!
Aug 20 10 "
Sept 17 14 "
Oct 23 19.5 " WOW !!!
ICE IN: November 15
Crow Wing County Lakes and Rivers Alliance (Susan Hobbs):
Joined in June 2012.
See Info page for LARA newsletter and link.
Mission Township Park (Michael Blassey)
The trail system has been cleared of brush and trimmed of overhangs in preparation for the snow season.
The township purchased a nordic ski tracker and we hope to get some ski trails groomed as soon as there is enough snow for a base. If possible, please walk and snowshoe outside of the grooves. Enjoy!!!
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.