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Ken Klehr, President
With the board focusing on protecting and preserving Lake Washington, we have added two new committees. The first is the Watershed Committee headed up by Skip Sustacek. The primary goal of this committee is to reduce the amount of sediments and nutrients that enter the lake via runoff. This group is currently working on a project to upgrade a sediment pond on the southwest corner of the lake. Skip has secured a grant through Meeker County Soil and Water Conservation District and has the project moving along quite nicely. See his report in the Watershed Committee section of this newsletter.
Keep in mind that Lake Washington is part of a large watershed that begins with Lake Minnie Bell flowing thru Manuella then Stella. With Lake Darwin, along with various wetlands and farmland making up the balance of the watershed. There are a lot of contributors to this watershed.
The second group, the Watercraft Inspection Committee, is headed up by Tom Hauer. We have all heard about Eurasian water milfoil, flying carp, and zebra mussels and the negative impact they can have on lakes. These non-native species are only a part of what is called Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). To combat AIS the focus needs to be on prevention. It is too late once these critters get into Lake Washington. With this as our goal, one of the best returns on our limited resources is to focus on boat landings by means of watercraft inspections. The groupís emphasis will be on educating boat owners prior to landing their boat and exiting the lake. For details about this group go to the Watercraft Inspection Committee Report in this newsletter.
One last thing is be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, August 2nd for the Potluck Dinner at the Dassel Rod and Gun Club. See the Social section for complete details. This is my favorite. Get a chance to sample a great variety of foods. Also Lee Sundmark, DNR Area Fisheries, will be there to discuss Cormorants.
In closing I would like to thank all the members for their support thru membership dues and donations. If you are not a member please join. Looking forward to seeing you at the Potluck, Saturday Aug 2nd.
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