AIS committee updates 5-29-20

The Chisago-Lindstrom Lakes Association’s Aquatic Invasive Species subcommittee has been busy this spring taking care of business! Weed inspectors surveyed North/South Lindstrom and Chisago Lakes for the presence of Curly Leaf and Eurasian Milfoil. Most of the weeds were found in areas within 150 feet of shore or intermixed heavily with native weeds. Matching treatment funding is not available for these areas, so the committee will continue to monitor them. Inspections on Kroon Lake will happen next week.

Eurasian Water Milfoil
curlyleaf pondweed
Curly Leaf Pondweed

The inspectors also checked on the Phragmites stands that were sprayed last fall and recorded that 87% of them show significant die-back. The committee will continue their inspections throughout the summer looking for new stands. A fall treatment is being planned to spray any new growth and stands that weren’t mitigated last year.

Phragmites stand near County Road 20 Bridge

Today a carp barrier was installed on a small creek that leads from Kroon Lake to the slough area off Schlimmer’s Bay on Chisago Lake. This barrier will keep the carp from spawning in Kroon Lake. These invasive fish start looking for a place to spawn when the water temps are over 62.5 degrees. This is the third year that the barrier has been installed and a big thank-you to the owners for letting us on their properties. CLLA volunteer, Gary Schumacher and LID Supervisor, Jerry Spetzman assisted with the efforts.

Kroon Lake Carp Barrier

CLLA Spring 2020 Updates

The Chisago-Lindstrom Lake Association Board met online and in consideration of the Covid-19 pandemic made several important decisions.  A letter with more detail is below.

  • The annual meeting has been canceled.
  • 2020 Membership fees are waived for existing and new members.
  • Please ask your neighbors to join the association.
  • Please consider donating and/or purchasing merchandise at clla-lakes.com
  • Secretary and Treasurer officer terms end this year. Please consider applying for one of these open positions. The board will appoint people to the open positions in June.
  • Some events will be canceled or modified as necessary.
  • Spot treatment of phragmites will take place in the fall.

Dear Association members,

            These are unprecedented times and the Chisago-Lindstrom Lake Association (CLLA) and I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones well.  Some good news is that the lake levels are high again this year which means we will have plenty of lake to enjoy (and socially distance ourselves across) this summer.  The weirs are open and flowing. High water along with the permit the LID received to define a passage and remove bogs means we should be able to navigate the channel from North Lindstrom over to North Center Lake.  If this is as important to you as it is to me, please make sure to let your local elected officials know you value it; not everyone wants the lakes to be linked and navigable. We also think that the high water will mean that weeds like Milfoil and Curly Leaf will not require mitigation this year.  Regardless, the CLLA Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) team will continue monitoring. CLLA and the LID have funds to mitigate AIS if it becomes necessary.  We plan to contract Phragmites mitigation again in the early fall.  You will see more information on the Phragmites work in our next update.

            Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, some of the events we had been planning will not be possible or may need to change this year. While the 4th of July boat parade should be able to go ahead mostly as it has in the past, the Poker Run that was being planned will not happen this year.  Flotillas may or may not happen. The CLLA Board will announce our plans one month in advance (e.g. early June for July events). We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

            The CLLA Board met online and made several important decisions regarding the association. The annual meeting scheduled for May has been canceled. The terms of the offices of Secretary and Treasurer end this year.  Secretary Mary Kay Ripp and Treasurer Steve Paquay have done excellent work in their roles but they would be happy to hand over their responsibilities to new people. If you are interested in either position please contact us.  The board will appoint people to these positions in June. The organization is in a strong financial position, we do not expect significant expenses this year, and understanding the financial strains many in our community may be facing, we have decided to automatically renew existing memberships at no charge for 2020.  Additionally, new members may join in 2020 at no charge.  We hope you will stay an active member and encourage your neighbors to join. It will be important for CLLA to have a strong and active membership as we advocate for continued funding for our lakes. Donations to the organization are still welcomed and very appreciated.  Your gift is tax deductible as allowed by law.  Your purchase of CLLA merchandise helps support the association, now’s the time to get the CLLA flag, hat, or shirt you’ve always wanted. Please visit our website clla-lakes.com for more information, to join, donate, or make a purchase.

            Good weather and better times are just ahead. We all look forward to getting out and enjoying our wonderful lakes. Enjoy, stay well, and I look forward to seeing you (from an appropriate distance) on the water soon!

CLLA President

Dan Lydon

 Chisago-Lindstrom Lakes Association  

    PO Box 44 Lindstrom, MN 55045

    chisago.lindstrom.lakes.assc@gmail.com      cllalakes.com     

https://www.facebook.com/ChisagoLindstromLakeAssociation/

Phragmites Treatment

The Chisago Lakes Phragmites Eradication Project reached a milestone last week, with the commencement of Non-native Phragmites treatment on North and South Center Lakes.

Lakes Management Inc. is spraying Imazapyr, which is a non-selective herbicide used to control emergent aquatic weeds like Phragmites australis . They are following the recommended protocol set up by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

North Center treatment of the shoreline by the Government Center in Center City.

Treatment of Chisago Lake, North and South Lindstrom Lake stands happened today. Lakes Management and a team of volunteers will go back out in two weeks to assess the effectiveness of the treatment. If needed the Non-native Phragmites stands will be retreated. This winter lake association volunteers will cut or burn the dead stands.

South Lindstrom shoreline being treated.

We anticipate this project to be ongoing until we successfully eradicate this menace weed from our shorelines. Please continue to inspect your property and report any phragmites present using our contact form. We will be happy to come out and inspect your shoreline!

Phragmites Eradication Project Video

If you couldn’t attend the Eradicating Phragmites Meeting, Cable Television Public Access Channel 10, Cable Commissioner, Jack Doepke filmed the meeting. You can watch the video at:

https://vimeo.com/353135566

Letters were sent out to landowners that have invasive Phragmites with an option to opt-out of the free treatment. Written notice must be received by August 15th. See the Phragmites Eradication Project tab on our website for the opt-out form.

https://clla-lakes.com/phragmites-eradication-project/

Please contact your local lake association if you have any questions.

Biological Control for Purple Loosestrife

Members of the CLLA Aquatic Invasive Species committee attended a MN DNR Workshop on how to collect beetles (black-margined loosestrife beetle and golden loosestrife beetle) that only eat invasive Purple Loosestrife. Over the last four years the group has manually pulled these plants from our lake shores.

This workshop gave us the tools and one-year permit to harvest and transport beetles to a local site. Hopefully the beetles we collected and released will like their new location. We want to establish a local colony of beetles that will biologically take care of this invasive plant in our area.

Here are some pictures from the day …

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Thanks to AIS members, Joyce Anastasi, Mary Kay Ripp and Gary Schumacher for their volunteer time!

If you want to learn more about Purple Loosestrife here is a link to more information on the MN DNR website:

https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/aquaticplants/purpleloosestrife/index.html

 

New Corporate Sponsor – Lake Management Inc.

LakeManagment

Our newest Corporate Sponsor is Lake Management Inc. and they can get rid of your lakeshore weed headaches with safe, effective aquatic weed control. They can also help you effectively get rid of scum or swimmer’s itch  – so that you can enjoy the beauty of your lake property. They offer two application programs allowing for maximum enjoyment of your lakefront throughout the summer. Give them a call and be sure to thank them for supporting the Chisago-Lindstrom Lakes Association.

Invasive Phragmites Workshop

Phragmites Workshop Agenda

The St. Croix River Association is sponsoring a Invasive Species workshop on “Figuring out Phragmites” on Wednesday, April 24 from 8:30 – 12:30 at St. Bridget of Sweden Church in Lindstrom. Keynote speaker is MAISRC lead researcher, Julie Bohnen.

MAISRC Phragmites Photo
Invasive Phragmites:  Phragmites australis

Register online at https://www.stcroixriverassociation.org/events/

Water Action Day 2019

Representatives from Chisago-Lindstrom Lakes Association and Green Lake Association met with  Representative Ann Neu and Senator Mark Koran at Water Action Day at the State Capitol today. Both our legislators were receptive to our concerns regarding Aquatic Invasive Species treatment funding and the economic impact of water quality on our local economy.

 

Hiding in Plain Sight – Invasive Phragmites

Phragmitres Meeting
Invasive Phragmites Meeting – Thursday, October 25, 2018

Great turnout to hear MAISRC Researcher, Julia Bohnen talk about the non-native Invasive Phragmites invasion in the Chisago Lakes Watershed.  Over 86 sites have been identified in our area and good news is the sites are small enough to be effectively treated. Various stakeholders will be putting together a management plan to be implemented next fall.

Ms. Bohnen described how to identify Invasive Phragmites and provided the following handout:  mnphrag_identification_guide_v6-18

The best time to treat Invasive Phragmites is late August – September using the following treatment plan:  invasive_phragmites_management_recommendations

Here is a link to her presentation: 2018 CLLA Invasive Phragmites Building Capacity.

If you think you might have Invasive Phragmites on your property, please use the comment button to send us a message.  We will be happy to come over and let you know.