Thoughts from the Association President
Welcome to another season on Bass Lake
I recently read an interesting and factual book on how “we are loving our lakes to death”. The title is “Ripple Effects “by Ted Rulseh. I would highly recommend it to everyone who owns property in lake country. As we begin another season, wouldn’t it be interesting to think about what we most enjoy about the lake. I find that my main enjoyment has evolved over the years. I seem to enjoy more the wildlife, the woods and in general nature. I must be getting old. Then I ask myself what we need to do so that we and generations after us can enjoy what we most enjoy about lake country. The book has made me more aware of our behaviors and how it affects our lake quality. Phosphorus is the biggest culprit in driving down lake quality. Patrick Goggin, a lake specialist with the University of Wisconsin Extension, observes that the number one stressor of lakes cited in the EPA National Lake Assessment in 2007 and 2012 was the loss of natural shoreland habitat. The urbanization effects (i.e., grass to the shore) on lakes are well proven to have a negative impact on lake quality with scientific studies and data from three states. Lack of natural habitat on the shore is the greatest source of phosphorus that leaks into the lake. Increased phosphorus causes increased growth of plants and weeds in the lake and harmful algae blooms. Once the phosphorus levels are up there no going back. In other words, there is no current way to rid the lake of high phosphorus. So, what can we do to maintain our lake quality? One way is to capture run off before it reaches the lake. The second way is to establish a no mow area along the shoreline or create a buffer of native plants and trees. The third way would be to minimize the use of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides and the fourth would be to maintain the septic system. Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan are all glacier lake states. All three states are dealing with the same stressors on their respective lakes. Thus, there are numerous studies both on going and by history that are trying to figure how to best move forward in preserving lake quality. There is a direct correlation between the sale price of lake property and the quality of the lake. Protect your assets.
(Interest in borrowing the book? Just let me know.)
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Mission Township News
Mission Township is excited to announce it has been awarded a grant by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Recreation Grant Program to assist the township with improvements to Mission Park. The grant is intended to assist local governments throughout the state with developing or redeveloping recreational areas and facilities. Under the terms of the grant, the township will match the funds provided by the state.
Key improvements and additions to the park include dedicated pickleball courts, new playground equipment and surfacing, resurfacing the basketball court, new roof for the pavilion, and several other items. Work will commence in the fall of 2021 and be completed by mid 2023.
So watch for more information and join in the fun as our park grows and provides exciting opportunities for all ages!
The Mission Township Transfer Station is open every Saturday.
New Hours 9am – 3pm
Open April until the end of October. The Transfer Station is located on East Horseshoe Lake Road.
Monthly township meetings held the second (this is a change for 2023) Monday of the month (unless it is a holiday). Meeting schedule, minutes and agenda can be located on the township website--missiontownship.org
Attention Pickleball Players
We are currently setting up a reservation system-Court Reserve. We are currently working on website and hope to have fully functional by mid-July.
You can sign up now under:
Under Organization look for Mission Park Pickleball. Please fill out all information required. An email will be sent after approval.
Once ready, information, playing times, reservations, etc. will be posted on app. Check Mission Township, Horseshoe Lake Property Owners Association, and Bass Lake Association websites for other sign-up options.
Please limit court time to 90 minutes max
Mission Township Park
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 (612) 240-7985
People spread Aquatic Invasive Species, people are the solution.
President: Bob Steele
Vice President: Nancy Geiger
Secretary/Treasurer: Pam Berhow
Website Administrator: Martha Steele
Crow Wing County Updates
PROTECT THE LOONS AND THEIR CHICKS
We had a late spring and many loon pairs went on the nest late. Their chicks will be hatching shortly before the Fourth of July.
This is the most dangerous time of the year for loon chicks because boat traffic is at its heaviest. Boat and jet ski strikes are a leading cause of loon deaths. Please watch ahead and be cautious near loons while boating and jet skiing .
MN Lakes and Rivers Advocates