Announcements

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

Ask your dock remover about Zebra Mussels

posted Oct 24, 2018, 3:41 PM by Keith Gilbert

As we continue to monitor the extent of the Zebra Mussel infestation on Lake Johanna, we need your help!
  
1. When you pull your dock, boat, boat lift, irrigation system intake hose, or any other equipment you have in the water along your shoreline, inspect it carefully for zebra mussels. They can be quite small, so look carefully. If you have a contractor pull your dock, boat, or lift, require them to report any zebra mussels found to you. 
 
2. If you see anything that you suspect to be a zebra mussel, take a photo and notify one of the LJIS board members right away.
 
3. Go to this link, locate your address, and report via yes/no whether or not you located any zebra mussels. It is really important that everyone reports in, even if you find nothing.
 
Thank you in advance for your help!
 
LJIS Board

Zebra mussel update - your help needed

posted Sep 27, 2018, 12:34 PM by Keith Gilbert

We notified you on 8/23 that Zebra Mussels, an Aquatic Invasive Species, were discovered at the public access in Lake Johanna. Since that time, we have been working with the MN DNR, Ramsey County, and Blue Water Science to survey and scope the extent of the problem and best understand our options for a response.
 
The LJIS contributed $400 to help fund an extensive survey of 13 sites around the lake searching for additional mussels. The searchers found two more mussels: one at the public access and one along the shore SE of the access. You can read the full survey report here.
 
Because of a variety of factors described in the report, “A zebra mussel eradication effort would have a low probability of success and is not recommended. Long-term management should include water quality monitoring and potential small scale control efforts in the future.”
 
So at this point, we need to monitor the situation and wait. This is where you come in. We need to gather as much data as we can about the presence (or lack thereof) of zebra mussels. This is what we are asking you to do:
 
1. When you pull your dock, boat, boat lift, irrigation system intake hose, or any other equipment you have in the water along your shoreline, inspect it carefully for zebra mussels. They can be quite small, so look carefully.
 
2. If you see anything that you suspect to be a zebra mussel, take a photo and notify one of the LJIS board members right away.
 
3. Go to this link, locate your address, and report via yes/no whether or not you located any zebra mussels. It is really important that everyone reports in, even if you find nothing.
 
Thank you in advance for your help!
 
LJIS Board
 
P.S. A ray of good news in all of this is that Blue Water Science found “very little” Eurasion Watermilfoil during the inspection for Zebra Mussels.

Zebra mussels found in Lake Johanna

posted Aug 24, 2018, 5:40 AM by Keith Gilbert

We found out today that zebra mussels have been found in Lake Johanna, according to an article in tomorrow’s Star Tribune (Friday 8/24).  We do not know more than that at this time, but we will be in contact with the DNR as soon as possible and will work with them to understand the extent of the infestation and treatment options. We will keep you informed of what we learn. 

LJIS Picnic

posted Jul 22, 2018, 6:49 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 22nd, 2018
Time: 5:30 – 8pm
Where: Island Beach Club
What to bring: Please bring a side dish to share – fruit, dessert, salad, etc. The Lake Johanna Improvement Society will be providing chicken, baked beans and coleslaw. 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.

July 4th Boat Parade

posted Jun 29, 2018, 5:08 AM by Keith Gilbert

The Lake Johanna 4th of July Boat Parade is one of the perennial favorite community events on our beautiful lake. Please join the fun by gathering near Tony Schmidt Beach around 10:45 AM Wednesday morning July 4th. The boat parade will begin at 11:00 am. Be creative and decorate your watercraft!

Spectators are encouraged on docks and shore with flags and cheers.
 
Have a great holiday!

Aquatic Plant Treatment Dues

posted Feb 22, 2018, 5:13 PM by Keith Gilbert

Your payment for 2018 Lake Johanna Aquatic Plant Treatment is due now!

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

You can either bring your check and signature form to the Spring Member Meetingon March 1, 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!

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