END OF THE DOCK
Ken Klehr, President
I am sitting here looking out at the lake. With the beautiful fall foliage this is one of the most enjoyable and relaxing time of the year, at least mentally. The other side of that coin is the need to pack our play toys away for the year such as pontoon, boat, kayak, and canoes with the most challenging, not a play toy, our docks and lifts. The movement and transportation of some of these items bring up the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) laws and changes in them over the last several years. Here are some highlights of those laws:
- Clean all aquatic plants, zebra mussels and other prohibited invasive species from boats and trailers.
- Drain water from boat, bait buckets, motor, drain live well and bilge plugs by removing drain plugs:
Keep drain plugs out while transporting water craft. You can't arrive at lake access with drain plug in place.
- Transport aquatic plants, zebra mussels, or other prohibited species, whether dead or alive.
- Launch watercraft with prohibited species, whether dead or alive
- Transport water from Minnesota lakes or rivers.
- Release live bait into the water.
These are not all encompassing laws but important for everyone who enjoys our waters to help protect this natural resource. Not only do the laws help protect lakes and rivers from new infestations, they are a sound practice to reduce the chances of taking home an unwanted aquatic hitchhiker. So take the time to read and understand the laws. More detailed information about Minnesota's AIS laws is posted on the DNR website at www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/law.
As you read thru this newsletter you will see the Committees have been very active this year from Cormorants, Lake Membership Survey, Chemical treatment of 145 acres, while reducing treatment costs, affording larger treatment area, 3 Newsletters, forming a Watershed Committee to heighten focus on improving water quality, and a member of Meeker County Association of Lakes. Along with obtaining grants at state and county level, we are participating in a Crow River Organization of Waters grants totaling in the amount of $142,000. Also, Facebook, LWIA website, Annual Meeting and Pot Luck Dinner (greatest event). Here is a list of the people that make our organization so successful. Rick Fernstrom, Vice President; Steve Ullom, Secretary; Lyle Walker ,Treasurer; and Cathy Klehr, Membership Chair; Other Board Members: Ron Bubany, John Fink, Steve Grotbo, Pat Hanson, Tom Hauer, Rick Johnson, Skip Sustacek, and. Mike and Sandy Wosmek. Volunteers Milt Lueneberg, Bill Ooley, Kim Winters and all the Shoreline Captains. Thanks for their dedication.
The Board would like to thank all members who support us with their generous donations. If you are not a member please consider joining and supporting our effort to protect and preserve this precious resource for us and future generations to enjoy.
Now back to the task of taking my dock out! Need to locate my portable fish house and snowmobile.