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Information Bulletin #10

posted Apr 25, 2011, 7:05 AM by Keith Gilbert
From: LJIS Board

Please note the following regarding plans and activities for 2011.

1) Our annual Minnesota DNR application for treatment of submerged vegetation in Lake Johanna will be filed next week by Lake Restoration Inc., the firm responsible for treatment. The application lists the 91 lakeshore owners that paid their assessment for 2011. The DNR will issue the permit in 2-5 weeks and specify the treatment footage approved for each owner. Generally, the DNR allows treatment of 50% of each owner's lakeshore footage, up to 100 feet. Overall coverage for most lakes cannot exceed 15% of the littoral area (the area that is less than 15 feet deep). However, Lake Johanna is an "exception" lake and usually has about 25% of the littoral area approved for treatment. The DNR permit fee this year remained at $750 - Minnesota legislation enacted last year, that would have increased the fee to $90/property owner, was never signed into law.

2) The Board was informed this month that payment of a separate, federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit fee will not be required until next year. Because the permit cost was included in your assessment, it will be applied to next year's payment ($14.00/owner).

3) With the ice out and water warming, Lake Restoration will be monitoring both algae and submerged vegetation growth, which is affected by water and surface temperatures, winter snow cover, lake level, precipitation and wind conditions, localized problems, etc. Prior to treatment, each owner will receive a letter from Lake Restoration with the amount of DNR-approved treatment footage and a colored dock sticker and flags so that you can mark your location and treatment area. The DNR permit provides for two applications.

4) Your assessment also covers the cost of Canadian goose removal. Jenny Michaels who has again agreed to manage the goose removal operation this year. 

5) Our annual picnic has been scheduled for Thursday evening, 11 August in Tony Schmidt Park. Please mark your calendars and plan on attending. Diane Bronson and Mari Salveson-Schmidt have volunteered to coordinate food and arrangements.

6) We've got a new website created by Keith Gilbert. It's a great resource with information on our organization, board contact information, lake statistics, lake history, and related links. Visit it at <www.ljis.org>

7) Board membership has changed following the March Annual Meeting.  Roger Williams retired as Board President. Roger served as President for two years and was a very active leader in tracking proposed Minnesota legislative and rule changes affecting us. Rick Gonzalez also retired from the Board. Gregg Larson was elected President, and three new Board members, Paul Rolvaag (Treasurer), John Swanson, and Mari Salveson-Schmidt, joined current members Diane Bronson, Keith Gilbert, Jan Krause, Brad Lis, and Roberta Thompson (Secretary). Thanks to Roger and Rick for their service.


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