END OF THE DOCK
Ron Bubany, Editor
Every month we receive news of additional lakes being infested with eurasian water milfoil and zebra mussels. A new invader, starry stonewort, has just been announced in Lake Koronis. Now just this summer, the DNR confirms that zebra mussels have been found in Lake Stella! Read more about this development on page 4.
We are pleased that we have eurasian water milfoil finally under control. Yet we still hear ongoing concerns about the amount of vegetation remaining in our waters. This is native vegetation which we are not allowed to remove. It can be controlled, however, by reducing the nutrients present in the lake. Reducing nutrients can be accomplished by filtering runoff water coming into Lake Washington. In this issue, you can read about the dramatic impact our Watershed Committee is beginning to have on controlling drainage entering the lake. Skip Sustacek reports.
There is an urgent need, both here and throughout the state, to educate the public on the need to clean boats and equipment entering and leaving our lakes. Read Dave Ratheís report on this need and how he is forming a team of volunteers to inspect boats/trailers at the public landing and to educate visitors about aquatic invasive species. Please find time to help Dave by volunteering your time for this effort.
Once again our cormorant arguments go unheeded. Read Rickís article on the latest meeting with the DNR.
If you have oak trees, they may be suffering from oak blight currently occurring around the lake. Read Steve Ullomís article describing this condition and how to deal with it. If you have, unfortunately, lost some trees, move on to Steve Grotboís information about obtaining and planting bare root trees which can be obtained from Meeker County.
Fish flop. So did my fishing contest. See who the winner is further on in the newsletter.
Finally, see Ken Klehrís report on water quality sampling and also our regular set of committee reports on financial, membership and social information.
There is a lot of interesting and good solid information in this issue of the newsletter.
Click here for list of paid members for 2015
Click here for DNR presentation from August 2014 potluck [7 1/2 MB]
Click here for survey comments