Announcements

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!

Spring Member Meeting March 1

posted Feb 19, 2018, 4:57 PM by Keith Gilbert

Please join your lake neighbors on Thursday, March 1 at 7pm for the Lake Johanna Improvement Society annual member meeting.

We're excited that author and journalist Greg Breining has agreed to speak! Greg will talk about the problems road salt poses for our waterways and what communities and individuals can do to lessen the problem. Breining recently wrote about the issue  for Ensia, an environmental magazine published by the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment. He has written about science, travel, medicine and nature for The New York Times, National Wildlife, Sports Illustrated, Living Bird, and other publications. His books include Wild Shore: Exploring Lake Superior by Kayak; Super Volcano: The Ticking Time Bomb Beneath Yellowstone National Park; Paddle North: Canoeing the Boundary Waters–Quetico Wilderness;and A Hard-Water World: Ice Fishing and Why We Do It.

When: Thursday, 3/1/2018, 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 Greg Breining's presentation.

Lake Johanna Luminary

posted Feb 8, 2018, 4:47 PM by Keith Gilbert   [ updated Feb 8, 2018, 4:52 PM ]

Lake Johanna
Luminary Event

6:30pm Saturday, Feb 10, 2018
Along the West Side of Lake Johanna for 2018

This year we are trying to make the Luminary event more “user friendly”. We are going to focus our efforts on the west side of Lake Johanna only, stretching from Tony Schmidt beach to Presbyterian homes. In 2019 we will have the Luminary on another stretch of the lake – rotating locations and fun! This way people will be sure to enjoy one another in a focused area of the lake and the luminary hosts will know they will have people stopping. We still need help from all neighbors on the lake however! Please consider bringing extra luminaries over to line the path, fire pits, food and also even host a station on the west side! We need all the help we can get. Spread the word to friends and neighbors ON and OFF the lake. Please contact Mari Salveson about helping or hosting! Thank you neighbors!

We would love to have many stops along the west side! Can you help with a station? Can you bring luminaries, a fire pit, wood, chairs? Please call or text Mari Salveson at 952-797-4640 if you can help or host a station

Please ask friends and neighbors who don’t live on the lake! Spread the word to the greater community! You can download a printable PDF flyer here to share with friends and neighbors.

Let’s get out and play this winter!

Picnic update!

posted Aug 8, 2017, 3:21 PM by Keith Gilbert   [ updated Aug 8, 2017, 3:21 PM ]

Plan on a picnic THIS THURSDAY EVENING (August 10). We're watching the weather, and will update the website if we need to postpone due to weather.

Picnic!

posted Jul 20, 2017, 3:07 PM by Keith Gilbert

The annual Lake Johanna Improvement Society Picnic will be held on Thursday August 10 at the Arden Hills Island Beach Club. We hope that you can join us! Come and get to know your lake neighbors, and enjoy some good food!


WHEN: Thursday, August 10, 2017

TIME: 5:30pm, Dinner served at 6:00pm

WHERE: Arden Hills Island Beach Club

WHAT TO BRING: Please bring a side dish to share
(Fruit, Dessert, Salad, Veggies, etc.)

PROVIDED: LJIS will provide fried chicken, coleslaw, 
baked beans, drinks, and all paper products

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

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.

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