Announcements

Fourth of July Boat Parade

posted Jun 26, 2020, 2:52 PM by Keith Gilbert

When:  Saturday July 4, 2020
Where:  Tony Schmidt Beach
Time:  11am

Decorate your watercraft and join us for the annual Lake Johanna Boat Parade!

It has become quite a tradition to have water ballon fights during the parade. This has been great fun, however, it sometimes interrupts the parade. Let’s make one full rotation around the lake before letting the mayhem begin. Please limit water balloons to the bay on the SW part of the lake. Those with water balloons should stay and clean up balloon pieces after the fight. If you have fine nets or pool skimmers, they work great for clean up. Participants last year did a great job cleaning up -- let's do a great job this year again!

We look forward to seeing you on the Fourth!

Last chance to pay your dues!

posted Apr 1, 2020, 7:29 PM by Keith Gilbert

Lake Johanna homeowners, your payment for 2020 Lake Johanna Aquatic Plant Treatment is due now! The cut-off for payments is end of the day Wednesday, April 8. If you prefer to drop off your payment, you can do so in the box on the front step of the Kennedy residence at 3465 Siems Court.

If you've already paid, thank you! Please talk to your neighbors and encourage them to send in their payment right away! Participation is lower than usual this year. Not everyone receives these emails successfully. 

To make your payment, visit www.ljis.org/pay-your-dues and follow the simple instructions. 

Spring Member Meeting THURSDAY + dues payments

posted Mar 2, 2020, 5:20 PM by Keith Gilbert

Lake Johanna homeowners: Two very important items you need to be aware of.

1. Our annual meeting is this Thursday evening, March 5, at 7:00pm in the Fellowship Room at Johanna Shores Presbyterian Homes, 3220 Lake Johanna Blvd (use the north Care Center entrance between the old and new buildings).

Please join us at this important meeting to find out what's new on Lake Johanna. The featured speaker will be Raymond M Newman, from the University of MN. He will be speaking on "Management of water quality and invasive plants to promote native plant communities". See the abstract of his talk below.*

2. Your payment for 2020 Lake Johanna Aquatic Plant Treatment is due now!

To make your payment, visit www.ljis.org/pay-your-dues and follow the simple instructions. 

You can either bring your check and signature form to the Spring Member Meeting on March 5, or mail your check and signature form to the address provided in the instructions. Your prompt payment reduces the amount of work our volunteer board members must do each spring chasing down payments.

Thank you!
The LJIS Board



Management of water quality and invasive plants to promote native plant communities
 
Lake managers take a variety of approaches to improve water quality and reduce impairment from excess nutrients, algae and poor water clarity. Reducing external loading is often followed by approaches to reduce internal loading. Removal of invasive common carp (Cyprinus carpio), which disrupt bottom sediments, release nutrients, and reduce macrophytes and water clarity can be an important first step. Reductions in carp are expected to improve water clarity and the expansion of aquatic macrophytes. Further reductions in internal loading via alum treatment will also improve water clarity.  However, in both instances invasive macrophytes such as curlyleaf pondweed and Eurasian watermilfoil may respond better than native macrophytes and plans to deal with invasive macrophytes are need. I’ll review case studies on lakes in Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District and the subsequent response of native macrophytes to invasive macrophyte expansion and control. Herbicidal control of curlyleaf pondweed with early season endothall treatments is effective but often requires treatment each spring. A variety of approaches to control Eurasian watermilfoil can be effective but invasive control alone may not restore native plants. Maintaining good summer long clarity appears important to native plant expansion.  A recent concern is for hybrid watermilfoil, a cross between the native northern watermilfoil and introduced Eurasian watermilfoil. Some strains of hybrid are resistant to herbicides and need careful management.

Annual member meeting & Luminary

posted Feb 12, 2020, 3:28 PM by Keith Gilbert

2 upcoming events you MUST know about:

2020 Lake Johanna Luminary Event
 
Saturday February 15th, 6pm
Join your neighbors on the East side of the lake for luminaries, bonfires, food and good cheer!
Spread the word to neighbors on and off the lake! 

Annual Member Meeting
Thursday March 5th, 7pm
Johanna Shores, 3220 entrance, Fellowship hall
Featured speaker: Raymond Newman

Save the Date: Lake Johanna Luminary

posted Jan 14, 2020, 7:37 AM by Keith Gilbert

2020 Lake Johanna Luminary Event 
Saturday February 15th
Starts at 6pm
East side of Lake
More details to come! 
To host a station please contact 
Liz Johnson at (651) 238-4733

Spread the word to neighbors on and off the lake! 

LJIS summer picnic

posted Aug 1, 2019, 9:32 AM by Keith Gilbert

Happy summer neighbors and friends of Lake Johanna! We are excited to invite you to the annual LJIS summer picnic.

Date: Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
Time: 5:30 – 8pm
Where: Island Beach Club
What to bring: Please bring a side dish to share – fruit, dessert, salad, etc. and beverage of choice. The Lake Johanna Improvement Society will be providing chicken, mashed potatoes, bread, coleslaw, waters and sodas. Looking forward to gathering together!

Please spread the word to neighbors who might not read these notices!

Kindly RSVP with an estimated number attending to Karilyn Miller at karilynmae@gmail.com or 612-619-1127 by August 15th for planning purposes.

Best, the LJIS board members

Please note: there is limited parking on the island, so if you are able, please boat, walk, bike, or consider parking on the street near the beach club entrance.

4th of July Boat Parade

posted Jun 29, 2019, 6:53 PM by Keith Gilbert

Come join us for the Annual Lake Johanna Boat Parade!

When:  Thursday July 4, 2019
Where:  Tony Schmidt Beach
Time:  11am

It has become quite a tradition to have water ballon fights during the parade.  This has been great fun, however, it sometimes interrupts the parade.  Let’s make one full rotation around the lake before letting the mayhem begin.  Also, we strongly encourage you to buy biodegradable balloons for the health of the lake. The Jacobs have purchased 1000 biodegradable balloons they will place on their front porch (1492 Arden Place). Please come by and help yourself.  Amazon also sells and will deliver in time.  

We look forward to seeing you on the Fourth!

Lake Johanna Luminary Saturday March 9

posted Mar 3, 2019, 6:07 PM by Keith Gilbert

The Luminary event is on for this coming Saturday, March 9th. Start time approximately 6:30 PM. A small group of Lake Johanna neighbors got together and made the decision that we wanted to try to make it happen no matter what this year! The route for the luminary will be from the Island beach club to the bay over by Northwestern -  so basically the east side of the lake this year. 

I have had several people say they would like to be involved. If you have not contacted me about hosting a stop would you please let me know? Just so we have an idea of the overall involvement. 

Other people to contact this year with questions about this Saturday are:
Sarah Lis at (651) 324-6966
Liz Johnson at (651) 238-4733

There is a committee working on this event for next year already. Mark your calendars for Luminary 2020 - Saturday, February 15. Please mark your calendar‘s. We intend to have the luminary around the entire lake next year! Let us know if you want to be involved. 

Thanks everyone! Hope to see lots of people out next Saturday night! 

Mari Salveson 
Mariksalveson@gmail.com
952-797-4650 (texting is best)

Aquatic Plant Treatment Dues

posted Mar 3, 2019, 6:07 PM by Keith Gilbert

Your payment for 2019 Lake Johanna Aquatic Plant Treatment is due now!

To make your payment, visit www.ljis.org/pay-your-dues and follow the simple instructions. 

You can either bring your check and signature form to the Spring Member Meetingon March 7, or mail your check and signature form to the address provided in the instructions.

It's extremely important that we collect payments and signatures on-time so that there are no delays in spraying come spring. Your prompt payment reduces the amount of work our volunteer board members have to do each spring chasing down payments.

Thank you!

Lake Johanna Spring Meeting March 7

posted Feb 24, 2019, 11:06 AM by Keith Gilbert

Please join your lake neighbors on Thursday, March 7 at 7pm for the Lake Johanna Improvement Society annual member meeting!  Justin Townsend will be talk about Zebra Mussels, which were discovered last summer in Lake Johanna. See Justin's bio and topic summary below.

When: Thursday, 3/7/2018, 7:00pm

Where: Johanna Shores Presbyterian Homes Fellowship Room, 3220 Lake Johanna Blvd, (use the north Care Center entrance between the old and new buildings).

Agenda: Brief business meeting (board member elections, dues collection, any other necessary business), followed by Justin Townsend's presentation.

Justin Townsend has worked in natural resources for 10 years at various county parks managing terrestrial and aquatic invasive species. He has hands-on AIS experience including mechanical harvesting, SCUBA assisted hand pulling, and weevil bio-control for Eurasian watermilfoil, with policy experience such as lake planning as well. In his current role as Ramsey County AIS Coordinator with the Ramsey County Parks he hopes to bring a whole lake health approach to invasive species management.

Discussion: So you have zebra mussels--What to expect next
  1. Invasion biology--What will happen to the lake
  2. Effects of zebra mussels
  3. Management/minimization options
  4. Goals of Lake Johanna and what role zebra mussels play (open discussion/Q&A)

See you soon,
The LJIS Board

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