Thursday November 12th is “Give to the Max Day” and its a great time to give to the LMPA if you haven’t already Or even if you have! Follow this link to Give to the Max Minnesota.
You have the ability to break your donation down into weekly, monthly, quarterly or annual payments.
The Lake Minnewashta Preservation Association is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.
Despite extraordinary and expensive measures to treat Zebra Mussels found in Christmas Lake, they have reappeared this fall. As a result, the Department of Natural Resources has ended all efforts to eliminate them. Preventing zebra mussels from entering lakes and waterways in the first is place is the only current hope. Read more in the MPR News story by clicking on the link above.
Many of you who attended the Lake Minnewashta Annual Meeting and Fall Picnic were treated to free merchandise from Whitefish Gallery. These included Tritan Co-Polyester drinkware and bamboo cutting boards, all laser engraved with a map of Lake Minnewashta. Tom Knauer, owner of Whitefish Gallery, has graciously opened his entire catalog of items to us at a 10% discount. Contact Tom at email@example.com or at 952-217-5129 to place an order. The catalog is attached below.
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Our neighbors at Camp Tanadoona are hosting a Wine and Whiskey Tasting event on Thursday October 22. It’s a lot of fun and all our proceeds support the Camp Fire Kids!
Click on the link below for more information.
This is the time of year that we must remove docks, lifts, swim rafts and other water related equipment. Make sure that any service provider you use has a permit from the MN DNR to deal with water related equipment. If you are doing the work yourself and find any unusual looking plant or mussel, contact your local MN DNR office or the LMPA at firstname.lastname@example.org. Leave the specimen in place if possible. And if it is not possible to leave the specimen in place, then put it in a zip lock baggie, take note of where you found it, and call the closest MN DNR office for confirmation.
Also note that all water related equipment, by law, must be out of water on the shore for a full 21 days before it is moved, so make sure to comply if you are buying or selling a dock, swim raft, boat lift or other lake-related equipment.
PLEASE DON’T MOVE A MUSSEL THIS FALL!
In late August the MN DNR listed two connected lakes in Stearns County, Lake Koronis and Mud Lake, as infested with a new aquatic invasive species, Starry Stonewort. It is perhaps the most destructive “plant” now in the state. Starry stonewort is actually an algae, and grows in thick stringy matts in depths from 2 feet to 20 feet. It will overpower even eurasian watermilfoil, fills in bass and panfish spawning beds, and makes it nearly impossible to use a lake recreationally – boats have a hard time getting through the stringy mats.
Even small fragments of the plant can start an infestation elsewhere, and the starry stonewort was growing all around the DNR access on Lake Koronis. It is impossible to get a boat in or out of the lake without churning through this pest, picking up these fragments. MLR immediately called for closure of this access site, but the MN DNR stalled, claiming that Minnesota has a long history of providing lake access.
The central question became what is the resource that the MN DNR must protect, access to lakes or the health of those lakes – the resource. The Stearns County Commissioners, the local lake association, and even a local resort owner all called for closure of the access until a mitigation plan could be executed. MLR urged closure at the AIS Advisory Committee meeting. Finally the MN DNR decided to close the access, and try to treat the infestation to reduce the risk of spread.
Don’t allow this to happen in Lake Minnewashta. Our lake protection protocol requires that all watercraft be inserted at the Carver County Parks boat launch before launching. This serves as an opportunity to educate everyone on the hazards of AIS as well as offers protection against allowing new infestations into our lake. The LMPA continues to support and applaud the collaboration of the DNR, the Carver County Parks, our county commissioners and our lake users at making this happen.