What's on the Calendar?
10AM Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - Detroit Lakes City Hall Council Chambers.
DNR Parks & Trails will be holding a meeting regarding the south public access redesign and expansion.
7PM Tuesday, October 8, 2013
"Lessons for Minnesota" Free Asian Carp Lecture by leading national expert and research biologist, Duane Chapman. Theater of the Student Center; U of M St. Paul Campus.
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5:30 Monday, November 26, 2014
Light up the Lakes
Santa's Grand Parade
December 6, 2013
Luminate the Lakes
June 14, 2014
LDA Annual Meeting
Detroit Lakes Pavilion
NEWS - BELOW THIS DUES NOTICE
If you have not paid your $25.00 dues for 2013 - please do so now!
LDA lists all residents on the lake in the 2014 The Lake Detroiter
and would like to indicate your dues as having been paid.
2014 The Lake Detroiter (member directory) available May 2014.
Dues must be paid by December 31, 2013 to make the printing deadline.
Download a membership form: CLICK HERE
Mail $25.00 to:
Lake Detroiters Association
P.O. Box 1310
Detroit Lakes, MN 56502
or pay via PayPal: Click Here
November 14, 2013
Listen to this MPR audio assess how the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC) is reacting to a MN Coalition of Lake Association (MN COLA) Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) grant proposal. The MN COLA proposal calls for decontamination equipment that would be available for statewide Local Government Unit programs. The LSOHC is to recommend projects to the legislator that:
Programs that prevent AIS from entering public waters help protect the water, which is fish habitat. The goal is to maintain the most natural eco-system for natural fish spawining and also to maintain a balanced food source for the native fishery.
AIS is one of the Council's focus areas for 2014 funding.
Lake Detroiters Association (LDA) supports the MN COLA proposal. Becker County COLA is a member of MN COLA and LDA is directly represented in leadership roles in both Becker COLA and MN COLA.
October 24, 2013
Yesterday US House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). The bill in part protects Northern MN from Asian carp by directing the Army Corps of Engineers to close the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam under certain conditions. The Senate passed a similar bill earlier. Final passage will hinge on merging the House and Senate bills in Conference Committee. The bill passed 417 to 3. US Congressman Collin Peterson voted against the bill. READ NEWS RELEASE
September 25, 2013
Politics in Minnesota article - Lessard-Sams recommends $102 million in habitat projects for 2014
MN Coalition of Lake Associations (MN COLA) proposal captures allocation of $3.65 million to Local Government Units for AIS decontamination equipment prevention.
READ FULL ARTICLE
September 24, 2013
4:30 Wednesday, September 25th Pelican River Watershed District (PRWD) is holding a "Clean the Pelican River" event. This will help remove what could end up in our community lake system. Meet at Boys & Girls Club parking lot ... everyone welcome! Zorbaz is providing pizza! Don't miss ... READ MORE
September 20, 2013
Push to close Minneapolis lock gains steam - A push to close the Upper St Anthony Falls Lock and Dam, to fend off Asian carp, is gaining support in Washington. Watch KARE-11 TV Video
September 19, 2013
DNR Parks and Trails held an informational meeting regarding planned changes at South Public Access; Big Detroit Lake READ MORE
September 17, 2013
Minnesota Public Radio's Dan Gunderson reports on AIS in Minnesota. Some feel the Department of Natural Resources is hampering locals from doing what they feel is necessary to protect public waters from the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). Others indicate public monies need to be available to protect public waters.
READ THE FULL ARTICLE or LISTEN TO THE AUDIO
Late Summer 2013
It is important to check your docks and equipment when removing them from the water this fall for any signs of zebra mussels. If you employ a Lake Service Provider (law requires them to be DNR trained - here is the list) they are responsible for not transporting with any AIS attached. If you transport your own equipment from your riparian property, be sure to properly inspect and get a permit (free) to transport if any AIS is on water-related equipment. Here is the link to the Authorization Forms for Transport of Prohibited Invasive Species and Aquatic Plants - this includes the transport of flowering rush. It is against MN law to transport any plant material on watercraft or trailers.
If you rent a trailer to transport your boat or pontoon - make sure it has not been in another lake without proper inspection and/or decontamination. Remember ==> lakes may have zebra mussels and not yet identified so take precautions as if every lake has the possibility of being infested by AIS. Water containing larval stage zebra mussels has the ability to infest a lake.
Here are some tips when inspecting water-related equipment:
Inspecting water equipment can be a complex challenge. Plant material is likely to be visually identified; however, the juvenile zebra mussel (an immature life stage) can attach to watercraft hulls, trailers, anchor ropes, and anything else that comes in contact with an infested water body without being visually identifiable. Since the juvenile is microscopic and cannot be seen without laboratory equipment, do not rely on visual inspection alone. Juvenile mussels can attach to a surface when they are ―as small as a sesame seed; therefore, they are detectable only by feeling by hand along all surfaces and inside compartments and crevices. On a smooth surface, juvenile mussels will feel gritty, like sandpaper. As the juvenile ages and grows, it may become visible to the unaided eye, appearing as a nondescript speck. Equipment that has been in water for a long period of time can become infested with adult mussels.
If you want to learn more watch this video
General Self Inspection Guidelines:
LOOK for attached adult mussels on all surfaces.
FEEL by hand for attached juvenile mussels on all surfaces.
CHECK all watercraft components, such as the hull, in live wells, motor, axle, dock line, trailer lights, rollers, runners, and any other parts in contact with water. Inspect docks and lifts in the same manner.
If you find any signs that are suspect please notify the DNR and LDA. DNR AIS Specialist, Joe Eisterhold (218) 699-7293 or firstname.lastname@example.org
September 16, 2013
Flowering rush was significantly reduced this summer in Detroit Lake! LDA thanks the Pelican River Watershed District, City of Detroit Lakes and the MN DNR for a cooperative effort in making this happen. We look forward to continued treatments in years to come which can further reduce the infestation and spread.
The AIS Public Access Program is coming to a close for 2013. Our two employees did an outstanding job in performing their duties! Please thank City Council folks, Mayor Matt Brenk and City Staff for funding this program. Becker County assisted as the fiscal agent and provided AIS Deputies to supplement our public access staffing. LDA is grateful for their continued support and understanding the value in protecting our community and county lake resource.
September 16, 2013
Lake Detroiters was notified that DNR Parks & Trails Division, will be holding a meeting on Wednesday, September 18 at 10:00 am in the Detroit Lakes City Hall Council Chambers. The intent of the meeting is to provide interested organizations the first opportunity to review and comment on concepts for the redesign/expansion of the south public water access site.
The tentative schedule is to have a final design completed by mid-winter, bid the project late winter, start construction after the fishing opener and complete the project no later than October 15, 2014. A more definite schedule will be determined depending on the scope of work and timeframe for completion.
If you would like to have input into this process or sit in on the meeting, please plan to attend. Lake Detroiters will advocate for best lake protection practices to be implemented into the new construction of the south public access area.
If you prefer to provide written thoughts to the DNR directly please copy me on your email to:
Tony Walzer; DNR Acquisition & Development Specialist
DNR, Division of Parks & Trails
3296 State Park Road NE
LDA supports a comprehensive Detroit Lake public access plan be implemented. Such a plan would serve our community and lake ecology needs in the best possible manner.
September 5, 2013 (St. Paul, MN)
Last evening MN Coalition of Lake Association (MN COLA) was asked to present to the 12-member Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC). They are charged with making funding recommendations to the Legislature of about $100 million annually. This revenue is generated from the 2008 Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment which passed by a 56% vote.
A $25.2 million grant proposal was submitted by MN COLA June 13, 2013 for Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) watercraft decontamination equipment/facilities. This grant request would make decontamination equipment readily available for watercraft operators statewide.
The presentation provided a backdrop and opportunity for the LSOHC members to ask questions about the proposal to presenter, Joe Shneider, Vice President of MN COLA. 40 or more citizens representing statewide lake advocates attended the presentation.
Should the LSOHC award this grant, Local Government Units could have access to funds July 2014 in order to acquire decontamination equipment/facilities that would supplement a local AIS program and use public funds to protect public waters. This proposal focuses on protecting lake habitat which is important in maintaining a natural eco-system for our native fishery.
Moving watercraft from lake to lake is risky because some AIS are invisible to the eye and can easily transfer AIS to uninfested waters.
Currently, only 23 DNR decontamination units are in MN and not readily available for the public to use in order to properly decontaminate watercraft known to have been in zebra mussel, spiny water flea or other infested waters infested waters (in MN or out-of-state) prior to launching in another waterbody.
Car washes are not a proven effective means to decontaminate watercraft because heat kills and most car washes do not reach 140 degrees which is needed to kill all AIS. Additionally, there is added risk to some public water works systems and internal plumbing can become compromised from zebra mussel or other AIS residue.
Preventing the further spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) and preventing new AIS from entering MN (like hydrilla - which is like Eurasian watermilfoil on steriods and leaves water not suitable for watercraft navigation) helps protect Minnesota's Legacy of "Land of 10,000 Lakes" and natural eco-systems necessary for all our lakes have to offer Minnesotans, businesses and tourists.
Helpful Information Regarding the LSOHC Proposal:
August 27, 2013
MN Coalition of Lake Associations (MN COLA) has submitted an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) OpEd for publication. Lake Detroiters is a member of MN COLA via Becker County COLA. "Personal and State Responsibility for AIS" .... READ OpEd
August 19, 2013
MN DNR announces Eurasian watermilfoil discovered in Clear Lake; Meeker County. READ THE NEWS RELEASE
August 19, 2013
MN Coalition of Lake Associations (MN COLA) - which LDA is a member - has submitted a proposal for $25M for statewide boat washing equipment (decontamination units). By making this type of equipment readily available for watercraft operators to clean boats before launching in a lake, it can dramatically reduce the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) to non-infested waters and especially in our Northern lakes country. This professional decontamination method is effective for other AIS too! (Eurasian watermilfoil, hydrilla, VHS and many others)
Currently if a watercraft has been in Lake Michigan, Gull, Minnetonka or other zebra mussel known infested waters (the current count is about 163 lakes) decontamination stations are not currently available to "practice personal responsibility" and ensure the boat and trailer are AIS-free before launching in another waterbody.
Moving watercraft from one lake to another is high risk because many times a waterbody is infested with zebra mussels before the MN Department of Natural Resources designates it infested. (Current list of MN DNR Designated Infested Waters) Detroit Lake, Becker County lakes and all MN public waters could benefit should the MN COLA proposal be chosen as a recipient.
The MN Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC) awards about $100 million each year as part of the 2008 Legacy Amendment. This is the first year AIS is identified as an area of emphasis for the council and this award would directly help protect public waters without directly spending local funds. The entire Legacy Program distributes about $400 million annually and it is appropriate that some of this money be used for protection of public waters - that is what Minnesotans voted for in 2008 - money that would help protect our MN lake heritage!
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Read more about the MN COLA grant proposal:
August 15, 2013
READ ARTICLE: "How Many More Lakes will we Lose?" writes Joe Shneider; Chair of the Coaltion of Minnehaha Creek Waters, a nonprofist organization of 13 lake, creek, and homeowner associations in the Minneapolis area. There mission is to preserve, protect and improve the Minnehaha Creek Watershed and surrounding area waters from aquatic invasive species and storm water runoff.
August 14. 2013
Great article in today's Detroit Lakes newspaper on the success of Flowering Rush.
The City of Detroit Lakes has a lot to be proud of ... a mile-long city beach free of flowering rush poking thru the waterline ... tourists love it ... families love it ... it all happened because a community cared and worked together for a solution and by the way ... not just for the city beach. Lake Detroiters worked hard to move the needle towards success! There is a whole lot more to the story and you will want to
READ THE ARTICLE
August 12, 2013
Today the MN DNR issues a News Release which underscores why inspection prior to launching water-related equipment is essential. Inspectors at non-infested Lake Bemidji discovered the boat trailer leaving to have attached zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil. Also, non-compliance AIS rates are higher than originally reported READ THE ENTIRE NEWS RELEASE
August 7, 2013
Today, the StopCarp Coalition (www.StopCarp.org) announced poll results supporting stopping carp from reaching northern Minnesota lakes. Quick action is needed to close the St. Anthony lock to prevent Asian carp from marching upstream and threathen more lakes and rivers.Poll results show 63% of Minnesotans are in favor of lock closure and protecting our state's lakes and rivers. Contact your US Representative and US Senators and ask them to act now! FULL PRESS RELEASE
August 1, 2013
DNR Confirms Zebra Mussels to be present in Lake Mary in Douglas County. FULL STORY
July 31, 2013
Second Flowering Rush treatment set for tomorrow (Thursday, August 1, 2013) READ FULL STORY
July 12, 2013
The 10 Best Days of Summer are here! Many events and most you won't want to miss! The Detroit Lakes Jaycees have been doing this extravaganza for 78 years ... longer than the Minneapolis Aquatennial ,,,, check out the what's going on when and where and download the schedule:
Updated July 16, 2013:
DNR News Release on Zebra Mussel infestation in Whitefish chain of lakes (14 lakes) in Crow Wing County near Brainerd. To read the News Release and the list of lakes READ the FULL NEWS RELEASE:
July 11, 2013 ~
Today DNR announced zebra mussels (ZM) have been detected in 2 of the White Fish Chain of Lakes near Brainerd. Cross Lake and Lower Hay have small adult zebra mussels. 14 lakes make up the White Fish Chain and Cross and Lower Hay are part of the chain. Consequently, the entire White Fish Chain of Lakes has been designated as zebra mussel infested. All public accesses have been posted.
More information will be posted as soon as the DNR issues an official News Release.
In the meantime - pass the word and always take precautions when moving boats or any water-related equipment from lake to lake. Because no testing is done, many times lakes can be infested with zebra mussels but not yet designated!
Why is moving a boat from lake to lake risky? Boats should be totally dry before launching in a different lake/river - which can take up to 3 weeks in humid weather. This is because veligers (invisible ZM larvae) can be in the water and live for up to 27 days in wet/damp areas of the boat. If an adult ZM is attached somewhere on the boat, they can live for up to 30 days out of water and they hide in small nooks and crannies in the boat. Definitely not a good idea to infest a lake with zebra mussels!
What is the best practice if boating on different lakes? Professional decontamination where the boat is exposed to 140 degree water for 10 seconds. Heat kills! That means the water coming out of the nozzle needs to be around 160 degrees so when it hits the boat and the next 10 seconds remains at 140 degrees. This is not a practical option in MN because professional (requires training and special attachments) decontamination equipment is not readily available.
Drying but that usually takes longer than practical too.
The best solution is do not move from lake to lake if protecting lakes is important - that means protecting the angling sport and all water related activities! ZMs consume the food fish need - ultimately if food no longer is available .....?
Moving a boat from lake to lake can be less risky if the boat doesn't remain in the water overnight and is properly drained after each use. Wipe down the entire boat, make sure everything is DRY and don't forget the carpet on the trailer bunks!
Moving a boat that has been in infested waters for more than a day is risky. Managing risk factors is important.
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July 11, 2013
June 20, 2013
Lake Detroiters ~
Tomorrow, Friday morning, PLM (Professional Lakes Management) will be treating all Flowering Rush (FR) areas on Big and Little Detroit and Deadshot Bay (Curfman). See detailed maps below.
Please watch for the neon orange treatment signs on your beaches and follow restriction advice.
It's a good idea to not boat in treatment area right away to prevent increased water movement. The longer the treatment has an opportunity to have contact with the FR plant the better.
Thank you to the Pelican River Watershed District because their research project is paying off. It will take a few years but things are looking up for not having Flowering Rush such a nuisance on the lake and interfering with the natural lake eco-system and fish habitat! We have already seen improvement at the City Beach and the "Flats Area" of Big Detroit! Now all areas will be treated which will also minimize the spread!
If you have signed up for the Flowering Rush hand removal permit, we ask that you give the treatment a chance to work. The treatment is designed to work into the root system. If the plant is disturbed during the treatment process, best results may not be obtained.
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NOTE: Please make sure guests that bring watercraft from other lakes/rivers (infested or not) take extreme caution to be totally dry (inside and out) and have no weeds or mussels prior to launching in Detroit Lake. Remember adult Zebra Mussels can live up to 30 days out of water and the microscopic larval stage can live up to 27 days in a very small amount of water!
So far we do not have a known zebra mussel population in the lake - and we need to keep it that way! You can help by passing the word and encourage everyone to follow the law and take precautions when using watercraft and water-related equipment in multiple lakes/rivers.
Absolutely high risk :: wakeboard boats (by design can't drain the ballast tanks and can harbor microscopic mussel eggs that could be released into Detroit) and used docks and lifts that are installed mid-summer from another lake. The safest is to buy new, make sure they have been out of the water for AT LEAST 21 days (the law) or freezes over the winter prior to moving into Detroit Lake.
The Lake Detroiter Annual Meeting was a great success! All counts are not in - but about 100 new memberships (THANK YOU) and over 160 folks attended the breakfast, exhibits and meeting! Fantastic!
If you have not paid your 2013 dues yet - please do so TODAY!
It costs $$ to continue advocating and protecting Detroit Lake. Your membership can help offset those expenses.
$25/year is a nominal cost for advocacy work at the city, county and state level to help protect the natural lake eco-system, maintain recreation usability, protect investments/local tax base, protect fishery and many more reasons.
Pay by PayPal in the membership portion of the website or print off a membership form and mail $25 to:
PO Box 1310
Detroit Lakes, MN 56502
Have a great weekend and keep in touch by letting your LDA Board know what is going well and what needs to be improved! firstname.lastname@example.org
Great Annual Meeting!
160 people turned out at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion for the Lake Detroiters Annual Meeting, Saturday, June 15th. Pancake and Sausage Breakfast, 30+ exhibits, $600 of door prizes donated by businesses, Keynote speaker on status of Flowering Rush Detroit Lake research, DNR Zebra Mussel Sniffing Canine demonstration, Representative Paul Marquart/Senator Kent Eken/Becker County Commissioner Ben Grimsley/Detroit Lakes City Councilmen attended and best of all ..... getting together with lake folks concerned about protecting our community lake! Plus 75 new members!
Check back soon because more photos will be uploaded!
If you haven't paid your dues, make sure you do soon! We want to make sure you are listed as having paid your dues in the 2014 "Lake Detroiter" (directory scheduled to be printed) Go to the "membership" portion of this website and dues are payable online or the membership form can be printed out and mailed.
Lake Detroiters ::
Your Annual Meeting
Saturday, June 15, 2013
All new meeting format!
Breakfast, exhibits, keynote speaker,
gift certificates .... and more at the DL Pavilion
SO DON'T MISS ... read more about the event ...
May 30, 2013
Zebra mussels found in Sand Lake, Little Sand Lake
in northern Itasca County
Sand Lake and Little Sand Lake, in northern Itasca County, are part of Bowstring chain of lakes that eventually flow into the Bigfork River. Additional searches of connected waters are being performed to determine the scope of the infestation.
The initial discovery was reported as the homeowner prepared to install his dock for the season. The dock was stored on shore over the winter and was found to have dead zebra mussels still attached from when it was removed last fall. READ FULL STORY
Lake Service Providers
Must Have DNR Permit to do Business in MN!
Becker County has 40 businesses to choose from. These businesses are trained to not spread Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) from lake to lake. Choose a business or individual that is trained on how to not transfer AIS to your lake!
Fine a current list on the DNR website:
(List updated May 14, 2013)
Ann Pierce, Minnesota DNR Invasive Species Unit Supervisor on AIS
VETO for AIS ==> Governor Mark Dayton has just delivered a letter to House Speaker Thissen ==> Governor Dayton caved to the sports crowd (Bud Grant, Dennis Anderson and Ron Schara) speaking out after recording the Governor during a campaign gig saying he would support the recommendations of the Lessard Sams Council. Unfortunately, none of those folks testified at any committee hearings for or against this bill. ==> veto of HF1183 which leaves no AIS monies for locals to implement meaningful AIS programs. ==> Bad deal because in 2008 concerned citizens that voted for the Legacy Amendment were promised lakes would be protected ==> not so ==> a shame for our lakes when the Governor and the MN DNR claim AIS is their #1 priority ....
Good To Know ......
The DNR reminds boaters:
• Do not transport watercraft with drain plug in
• Arrive at lake access without drain plug in place
• Cannot transport aquatic plants, zebra mussels, or other prohibited species on any roadway
• It's against the law to launch a watercraft with prohibited species attached
• Do not transport water from any Minnesota lakes or rivers
• Releasing live bait into the water is against the law
:: NEWS ::
Becker County Commission will be holding a special meeting Tuesday, May 21st regarding an AIS concern. This is good news folks! Thank you Becker County Commissioners! Read more:
Chairman Don Skarie has called a special meeting of the County Commissioners to consider a resolution allowing the County to enter into memorandums of understanding with county townships and/or lake associations to hire seasonal AIS educators. The meeting is set for May 21 at 8:15 am in the County board room.
Please use DNR Permitted Lake Service Providers to Install Docks and Lifts
They are trained how to not introduce new AIS into the lake!
Be sure to visit Lake Detroiters new Blog
To get there ==> the blog button is on the righhand side of the homepage!
Lake Detroiters Invites Exhibitors
Annual Meeting Saturday, June 15th - DL Pavilion
May 7, 2013
Minnesota DNR conservation officers show how dogs will be used to sniff out zebra mussels
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"To Promote the Protection and Enhancement of Detroit Lake"
Our 70th Year Serving the Lake
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