END OF THE DOCK
Ken Klehr, President
It is that time of the year. I am sitting here at my desk and looking out at the lake trying to figure out where the summer has gone. Thinking a couple of weeks ago it was 84 degrees, as I look at the outdoor thermometer it says 34 degrees. What a change! So I need to get the play toys, including the dock, out of the water and winterized. I am sure you will be doing the same thing.
Remember to STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS by CLEANING all visible aquatic plants from watercraft, trailers, and water-related equipment before leaving any water access or shoreline. DRAIN water-related equipment ( boat, portable bait containers, motor) and drain bilge, live well and bait well by removing drain plugs before leaving a water access or shoreline property. Keep drain plugs out and water-draining devices open while transporting watercraft. DISPOSE of unwanted bait, including minnows, leeches, and worms, in the trash. It is illegal to release live bait into a water body or release aquatic animals from one water body to another. If you want to keep your live bait, you must refill the bait container with bottled or tap water. I know this gets to be a pain but following these steps will help protect our lakes and waterways against Aquatic Invasive Species.
Ron Bubany and I had the pleasure this summer in working with Pam Anderson, Water Quality Specialist, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). This effort involved gathering water samples at the inlet, outlet and downstream of Pigeon Lake. Then have the water samples tested and analyzed to determine what impact the cormorant and pelican's rookery has on water quality. These samples were given to a test lab and then we had the test results annualized by Pam Anderson, MPCA. She issued a report indicating some test parameters were high but not to the point of being impaired.
With these test results it looks like we won't be sending an eviction notice to the cormorants or pelicans nesting on Pigeon Lake in the near future. Would like to thank Pam for her timely support of this project and also Collinwood Lake Community Association, George Kraemer, who helped financially support this effort along with Meeker County. Also see article "A Qualitative Analysis of Pigeon Lake Water Flow" which points out the benefit of wetlands.
I have been on the Lake Washington Improvement Association's Board of Director's going on 7 years, of those 6 as President. I have enjoyed my time on the Board and found it to be very interesting and challenging. Due to health issues I will be stepping down as president but will continue as an active board member. If you are interested in a rewarding position, please contact me or any board member for more information.
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. Hope to see you ice fishing. That sounds cold!!!
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