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Information Bulletin #18

posted May 21, 2013, 5:48 AM by Keith Gilbert   [ updated May 21, 2013, 5:49 AM ]
Date: May 21, 2013

From: LJIS Board


The LJIS annual picnic at Tony Schmidt Park will take place on Tuesday evening, June 18, at 5:30 pm. The picnic location is the smaller pavilion on the north side of Lake Johanna Boulevard. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm. LJIS will provide chicken, potato salad, beans, cole slaw, and drinks. Please bring a side dish to share - dessert, salad, fruit, etc. This year we're excited to be serving root beer floats and have kids activities planned! We're encouraging all LJIS members to attend, especially families with children, to join us this year! We're also collecting pictures from Lake Johanna residents for an ongoing video presentation at the picnic. If you have any fun lake memories to share, or beautiful nature photos of our gorgeous lake, please email them to Mari Salveson (see below) by June 10th.

Mark your calendars for this FREE and FUN event! Any questions - please email Karen Krebsbach at <> or Mari Salveson at <>.


The Minnesota Legislature adjourned without approving proposed fees that would have substantially increased the cost of DNR lake vegetation treatment permits. Rep. Jean Wagenius authored a bill in the House that would have raised individual permit fees from $35 to $90 and eliminated the group permit of $750. Without the cap, the cost of a permit for the Lake Johanna Improvement Society would have jumped from $750 to nearly $9,000. Our association was the only organization that testified against the bill. Working with the Lake Owasso Lakeshore Association, we obtained the assistance of Rep. Jason Isaacson, who successfully pushed an amendment on the House floor to move the fee back to $35. The House bill passed with the lower fee, but without the group permit cap; the Senate did not approve any fee legislation regarding lake vegetation. A House/Senate conference committee met to reconcile differences, and we continued to voice our opposition to the Senate Chair and Senate conferees. The Senate conferees opposed the House fee provisions, and a final bill was reported out of conference on May 17 without the House language.

The experience underlined the need for better representation of the interests of hundreds of lakeshore associations in Minnesota. Although some helped with letter writing, there was no central organization able to coordinate legislative or other activities. The professional treatment applicators were also poorly organized. One possibility that might be explored is aligning with an existing organization, for example, Conservation Minnesota. Whatever the outcome, it it's clear that Rep. Wagenius and the DNR are intent on advocating fee increases again in the future.


The North Suburban Chapter of "Let's Go Fishing" will christen its new pontoon boat at Tony Schmidt Park on Thursday, May 23, at 5:30 pm. The event, which includes grilled food, will run from 4:30-7:30, is free, and is sponsored by Walgreen's. Presbyterian Homes has welcomed lake residents to help celebrate. "Let's Go Fishing" is a non-profit organization that supports seniors in the community. Many of you have probably seen the previous pontoon on the lake, providing rides to seniors at Presbyterian Homes-Johanna Shores.


Lake Restoration will be regularly checking the lake during coming weeks to determine the optimum time to treat vegetation. Members will be notified of treatment dates a few days before they are scheduled, subject to weather. As usual signs will be posted after treatment with information on water use restrictions.

By law, treatment is restricted to only about 20% of the portion of the lake that is 15 feet or less in depth, primarily along the shoreline where members have paid dues and specified their area for treatment. Other parts of the lake are not treated, and Northwestern College and Presbyterian Homes are limited to 100 feet each of treatment on their lengthy shorelines. Therefore, when you see vegetation, it's usually in areas that are not treated. Although treatment is effective in knocking down the growing part of the plants, it does not kill the plants because new, and more problematic vegetation can fill the void. For this reason, two applications are usually required during the summer to control growth. Vallisineria, sometimes called wild celery, is an especially difficult plant to control with current herbicides. It's more susceptible to our first treatment early in the summer, but by mid-summer is usually unresponsive to a second treatment.


The last vestige of winter ice disappeared from Lake Johanna on April 29. This makes 2013 a record year with the latest ice-out since the dates have been recorded for the lake, beginning in 1983. This spring's combination of weather extremes, precipitation levels, lake water turnover, and other factors may also have played a role in the early appearance of floating clumps of dead filamentous algae on the lake surface and shoreline following ice-out. We've discussed the presence of the algae with Lake Restoration, and will review our treatment options as soon as we receive our DNR permit.