Lake Minnewashta July 4th Celebration T-shirts

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Lake Minnewashta Acrostic T-Shirts!

Order now for your Fourth of July Celebrations!


Available in youth through adult sizes.

Tell your friends and neighbors!   

All proceeds benefit the Lake Minnewashta Preservation Association

Deadline to Order:  June 7, 2019

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LMPA to Donate $10,000 to help Carver County fund AIS Inspections at Regional Park

The LMPA board recently found out about a 40% reduction in the amount of money Carver County has budgeted to fund incoming watercraft Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) inspections at their Lake Minnewashta Regional Park public boat launch. These inspections are funded by a cost sharing agreement between Carver County (using money granted to the County by Minnesota’s Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Aid) and the MCWD.  We asked the county commissioners and the MCWD directors to help fill this funding gap. Many of you joined the LMPA board by sending emails to the county commissioners and the watershed district board asking for action to address their shortfall. With the approval of the vast majority of last year’s donors who responded to our survey, we offered up to $10,000 of the $14,000 needed for 2019 in the event that these two entities would not step up and help completely. 

Well, the watershed district board rejected our request for help, saying they have turned their attention away from this kind of work and instead are focusing on large scale capital projects to improve water quality. The County commissioners gave our plight a one month reprieve and at last week’s board meeting, appeared to agree that it was not fair for homeowners to have to provide funding for their work. In the end, however, they voted 3 to 2 to take our money.  Our commissioner Tom Workman and fellow commissioner Randy Maluchnick voted in our favor. We thanked them for their votes and suggest you do the same.

The bad news is that $10,000 of our money will be redirected to bail out the County. This money had been donated to reduce the level of invasive weeds and maintain a reserve fund for rapid response to a new AIS discovery. The good news is that the County will implement the same AIS inspection plan as we had in 2018. They will need to come up with $4,000 from somewhere but they have several months before that bill is due. We will keep the pressure on them to make sure that they are doing whatever is necessary to protect our lake. Scot Lacek, LMPA vice president, has even offered several innovative ideas for them to pursue.

The sad truth is that, now more than ever, we need your donations to fund our 2019 efforts.  Although 2018 was our best year ever in terms of the number of donors, only 90 of you donated despite there being over 150 homes directly on the lake and many, many more off the lake with access to it. For those who choose not to donate, aren’t you interested in preserving your investment by keeping the lake at a high quality level? If you disagree with chemical treatment of the lake’s invasive weeds, why not direct your donation specifically to incoming inspections or AIS rapid response reserves?

Please send your tax deductible check to:   LMPA, PO Box 304, Excelsior, MN 55331, or contribute using Paypal at Please take advantage of matching funds from your employer. The LMPA is a 501c3 organization and your donations are tax deductible. Smokey the Bear used to say “only you can prevent forest fires”. The same might be said for preventing the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species into Lake MInnewashta. Won’t you help?

Steve Gunther
president, LMPA   

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Visit Camp Tanadoona on April 27th!

They have a big day planned at Tanadoona on Saturday, April 27! Join them for one (or all!) of the following:

Tanadoona Volunteer Day | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Bring your family, co-workers and friends to help protect the natural beauty of Tanadoona! Volunteers will help get camp ready for summer through a variety of projects like cleaning, raking, painting, and more!  

Summer Camp Open House | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

New or returning families… Do you have questions about sessions you haven’t tried yet? Drop in for tours, get your questions answered, and enjoy seasonal camp activities!

Family Camping 101 | Saturday, April 27, 4 p.m. – Sunday, April 28, 2 p.m.

As summer approaches, help your family become more comfortable and confident for a family camping trip! At this campout, families will build and cook over a fire, learn how to set up a tent, get your outdoor survival questions answered, and more!

Learn more/Register
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Lake Group Happy Hour on March 19th

Lake Group Happy Hour
March 19, 5:30-7:30, at Red Rooster Bar & Restaurant in Long Lake

Sponsored by the Freshwater Society and the Watershed Association Initiative.

Connect with other lake groups in the Minnehaha Creek watershed, share success stories, brainstorm around challenges, and talk together about next steps at this casual event. All members of the lake association are invited

Learn more and RSVP here.

Or RSVP to Jen at

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Support Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center – Take Action!


Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates believes that science must drive natural resource decisions. In 2012, as zebra mussels were starting to spread across the state, we worked on a multi-pronged effort of education in the media, legislative solutions, and science.  The MN Legislature, using both Natural Resources Trust Fund dollars and direct appropriations, created the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center that year. Science takes time, but workable solutions are starting to emerge and the early investment is starting to pay off.
“There are reasons to be optimistic… science can make a difference.” Dr. Nick Phelps to the House Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee. To see his full presentation, CLICK HERE.
During his testimony at the House Environment an Natural Resources Policy Committee, Dr. Phelps referenced new findings, “Hot off the presses.” In reference to a big lake study of the impacts of AIS on fisheries by Dr. Gretchen Hansen, he said, “The impacts of spiny waterflea and zebra mussels are significant. They (walleye/perch) do grow slower in lakes that have zebra mussels or spiny waterflea. Slower growing fish reduces survival in the first year.” Dr. Phelps went on to note that of the nine large lakes studied, Mille Lacs is the only one that has both invasive species. Reliable, ongoing funding that provides scientific independence to the MAISRC has never been provided. Instead they have had to cobble together operating funds from a variety of sources. Said Dr. Phelps, “Baseline funding is important. It is hard to plan longterm efforts when you have to jump grant to grant.” We agree. 

Please take action today to let your elected officials know that you support the work of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center, and urge them to find a way to provide funding that is; 1) reliable, 2) sufficient to meet core needs, 3) provides independence to MAISRC researchers. Use the TAKE ACTION button at the top of this post to send your legislators an email. Please take a moment to edit the boilerplate language provided and personalize your message. 
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Smart Salting for the Holidays

With the holiday season upon us, you may be preparing for hosting guests. But as you make your preparations, are you factoring in the chance for ice and snow? Dealing with slippery driveways and walkways can damper your holiday fun, so do a little advance planning now so you have less to worry about as your guests arrive. You’ll also be protecting your local lakes and streams in the process!

Salt provides a quick and easy way to melt ice, but did you know that the salt you lay down on your driveway, sidewalk, or steps eventually makes its way into lakes and streams where it hurts fish, birds, and aquatic plants and insects? One teaspoon of salt permanently pollutes five gallons of water because once it’s in the water, it is too costly to remove on a large scale. Additionally, all that salt we are laying down is damaging our lawn and landscaping, corroding cars and infrastructure, and hurting our pets’ paws.

As you prepare for hosting, make sure you have the right tools in your toolbelt for managing snow and ice:

1. Shovel: the proper shovel (or snowblower) can make all the difference! Shoveling regularly will reduce the need for salt. Ergonomic shovels will make the job easier on your back.

2. Sand: Use sand for traction, only if needed, when the temperature drops below 15 degrees F. Salt does not work in temperatures less than 15 degrees.

3. Apply the right product: All salt is not the same. Some, like calcium chloride, work to colder temperatures, but may have other side effects like leaving a slimy residue. Check the label before you purchase so you know what kind of deicer it is and if it will work for your purposes.

4. Use just a little: You don’t need to put down much salt to get ice to melt and applying more doesn’t mean faster melting. Aim for a spread of 3-inches between salt crystals. A 12-oz mug holds about one pound of salt, which is enough for 250 square feet (approximately two parking spaces).

5. Sweep and reuse: Extra salt and sand that is visible on dry pavement can be swept up and reused. This helps keep it out of the storm drain and will save you money in the long run!

6. Hire a certified professional: Smart salting winter maintenance contractors have gone through training to learn proper winter maintenance and salt application. You can find a list of certified professionals on the MPCA website:

So as you are making your lists and checking them twice, be sure to include the tools you’ll need for a safe and enjoyable holiday season, for both your guests and our environment. Learn more about using salt safely at

Thanks to the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District for the text of this article.

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